\ˈrək \

Definition of ruck 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the usual run of persons or things : generality trying to rise above the ruck— Richard Holt

b : an indistinguishable gathering : jumble

2 : the persons or things following the vanguard finished the race in the ruck


rucked; rucking; rucks

Definition of ruck (Entry 2 of 2)

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But with 12:30 remaining, junior scrumhalf Killian Smith picked the ball out of a ruck within the final 5 meters and dove across the try line to restore the Wildcats’ lead. Dave Souza,, "In rematch, Milton is fit for Division 2 boys’ rugby crown," 23 June 2018 Elgin City Councilmember Toby Shaw didn't know a scrum from a maul or a ruck. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin River Rats part of 'a fraternity formed by tackling guys in the mud'," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ruck


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruck


Middle English, heap, pile, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hraukr rick — more at rick


ruck, noun, wrinkle

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English Language Learners Definition of ruck

rugby : a group of players who are trying to get the ball while it is on the ground

the ruck : ordinary or normal people or events

: a fight especially among a group of people

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