ruckle

1 of 2

intransitive verb

ruck·​le
ˈrəkəl,
ˈru̇k-
ruckled; ruckled; ruckling
-k(ə)liŋ
; ruckles
dialectal, British
: to make a hoarse rattling sound (as from suffocation)
asses braying and camels rucklingI. M. Lask

ruckle

2 of 2

verb

ruck·​le
ˈrəkəl
ruckled; ruckled; ruckling
-k(ə)liŋ
; ruckles
British
: to form or work into folds : crumple, wrinkle

Word History

Etymology

Intransitive verb

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hrygla to rattle in the throat; akin to Middle High German rückeln, rüheln to rattle in the throat, roar, Old English hrog mucus, phlegm, Lithuanian kraũkti to croak, groan, Old Slavic krukŭ raven, Latin corvus, raven, crepare to crack, creak

Verb

ruck entry 3 + -le

First Known Use

Intransitive Verb

1700, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1695, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruckle was in 1695

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“Ruckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruckle. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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