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tucked; tucking; tucks

Definition of tuck

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to push in the loose end of so as to hold tightly tuck in your shirt
b : to cover by tucking in bedclothes usually used with in
2 : to put into a snug often concealing or isolating place a cottage tucked away in the hill
3 : eat usually used with away or intucked away a big lunch
4a : to pull up into a fold
b : to make a tuck in
5 : to put into a tuck position

intransitive verb

1 : to draw together into tucks or folds
2 : to eat or drink heartily usually used with intotucked into their beer and pretzels
3 : to fit snugly

Definition of tuck (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a fold stitched into cloth to shorten, decorate, or control fullness
2 : a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part a tummy tuck
3a : a body position (as in diving) in which the knees are bent, the thighs drawn tightly to the chest, and the hands clasped around the shins
b : a skiing position in which the skier squats forward and holds the ski poles under the arms and parallel to the ground
4 : the part of a vessel where the ends of the lower planks meet under the stern
5a : an act or instance of tucking
b : something tucked or to be tucked in

Definition of tuck (Entry 3 of 5)

: a sound of or as if of a drumbeat

Definition of tuck (Entry 4 of 5)

: vigor, energy seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me— Mark Twain

Definition of tuck (Entry 5 of 5)


Examples of tuck in a Sentence

Verb She hadn't sealed the envelope, but had simply tucked in the flap. Instead of tying his shoes, he just tucked the laces inside. The sheets were tucked tightly under the mattress. A bag was tucked under her arm. She tucked her hair up under her hat. The dog tucked its tail between its legs and slinked away. The bird slept with its head tucked under its wing.
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First Known Use of tuck


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4a

Noun (1)

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1878, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1508, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tuck


Middle English tuken to mistreat, finish (cloth) by stretching and beating, tuck, from Old English tūcian to mistreat; akin to Old High German zuhhen to jerk, Old English togian to pull — more at tow

Noun (2)

Middle English (Scots) tuicke beat, stroke

Noun (3)

probably from tuck entry 2

Noun (4)

Middle French estoc, from Old French, sword point, from estochier to strike with the sword tip, thrust, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch stoken to thrust, poke — more at stoke

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The first known use of tuck was in the 14th century

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“Tuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuck. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tuck

: to push the end of (something, such as a piece of cloth or paper) into or behind something in order to hold it in place, make it look neat, etc.
: to put (something) in a particular place usually to hide it, hold it, or make it safe
used as tucked to indicate the quiet or hidden place where something is located often + away


\ ˈtək How to pronounce tuck (audio) \
tucked; tucking

Kids Definition of tuck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to put or fit into a snug or safe place “Maybe he has a knife tucked into his socks.”— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
2 : to push in the edges of Remember to tuck in your shirt.
3 : to pull up into or as if into a fold She tucked her hair up to cook.
4 : to cover by pushing in the edges of bedclothes Grandma tucked the children in for the night.
5 : to eat or drink with obvious pleasure
6 : to make stitched folds in



Kids Definition of tuck (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold stitched into cloth usually to alter it


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Medical Definition of tuck

: a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part — see tummy tuck

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