ruck

noun
\ ˈrək How to pronounce ruck (audio) \

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

ruck

verb
rucked; rucking; rucks

Definition of ruck (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of ruck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Marines they were used to carrying rucks weighing 80 pounds. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A veteran carried a fellow Marine up a mountain after he lost his legs in Afghanistan," 27 Aug. 2019 Starting in Carmel Valley, players rucked their way across Highway 56 to Westview High, the finish line to donate enough items in their ruck sacks like toothbrushes and razors to supply almost 400 veterans at the Veterans Village. Pomerado News, "Football players join veterans for annual ‘ruck’ walk," 14 Aug. 2019 So on the first anniversary of the crash this month, a team of 30 Marine raiders and special amphibious reconnaissance Navy corpsmen undertook an 11-day, 900-mile ruck march from the crash site in Mississippi back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Fox News, "Psychologist says Americans are suffering from 'Trump Anxiety Disorder'," 31 July 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starting in Carmel Valley, players rucked their way across Highway 56 to Westview High, the finish line to donate enough items in their ruck sacks like toothbrushes and razors to supply almost 400 veterans at the Veterans Village. Pomerado News, "Football players join veterans for annual ‘ruck’ walk," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ruck

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruck

Noun

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

Verb

ruck, noun, wrinkle

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ruck

noun
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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
British : ordinary or normal people or events
British, informal : a fight especially among a group of people

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