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ruckle

intransitive verb ruck·le \ˈrəkəl, ˈru̇k-\

Definition of ruckle

ruckled

;

ruckled

;

ruckling

\-k(ə)liŋ\ ;

ruckles

dialectal, British

  1. :  to make a hoarse rattling sound (as from suffocation) asses braying and camels ruckling — I. M. Lask

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Origin and Etymology of ruckle

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 — more at raven


First Known Use: 1700


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ruckle

verb ruck·le \ˈrəkəl\

Definition of ruckle

ruckled

;

ruckled

;

ruckling

\-k(ə)liŋ\ ;

ruckles

British

  1. :  to form or work into folds :  crumple, wrinkle

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Origin and Etymology of ruckle

3ruck + -le


First Known Use: 1695


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