tuck·​er | \ ˈtə-kər How to pronounce tucker (audio) \
tuckered; tuckering\ ˈtə-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce tucker (audio) \

Definition of tucker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: exhaust often used with outwas all tuckered out after a long day's work



Definition of tucker (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a piece of lace or cloth in the neckline of a dress
2 : one that tucks
3 chiefly Australia : food

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Examples of tucker in a Sentence

Noun you can get some downright peculiar tucker deep in the outback
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The best ways to prevent puppy boredom. Pets need both physical and mental stimulation—and while a walk around the neighborhood may not tucker out a high-energy dog, a short, intense session of mental stimulation probably will. Popular Science, "Puzzle feeders and enrichment toys to keep your dog sharp," 13 Dec. 2019 Wells: Because your immune system is tuckered out from fighting. The Atlantic, "Listen: Why Do Some People Get Sicker?," 23 Apr. 2020 The 3-inch layer of orthopedic shredded memory foam is perfect for when your pup gets tuckered out. CNN Money, "Traveling with your dog or cat is easy with these 15 Amazon pet essentials," 17 Dec. 2019 Some are burdened with luggage or are just plum tuckered out. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Move over, scientists! Walk left, stand right rules on the escalator," 26 Sep. 2019 Lastly, to improve muscular endurance, or how long a muscle can work before tuckering out, most experts recommend training with 2-3 sets of 12 or more reps. SELF, "Your Guide to Increasing the Weight You Lift," 10 May 2019 The morning of bobbing and weaving in the parade seemed to have left him tuckered out. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Joe Biden is back for an encore. Will he at last command center stage?," 25 July 2019 The picture shows an adorable Psalm dressed in a white onesie and surrounded by a plaid blanket, looking perfectly tuckered out with his eyes closed. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Kim Kardashian shares adorable first close-up photo of son Psalm," 10 June 2019 The soft ratings also add insult to injury for Perry, who’s likely tuckered out after a relentless and difficult press cycle for her latest album, Witness, which received middling reviews. Yohana Desta, vanityfair.com, "The V.M.A.s Went Up Against Game of Thrones and Failed Miserably," 30 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To picnic like an Aussie, load up your esky (cooler) with some tucker (food) and stubbies (bottles of beer). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?," 23 Sep. 2020 The top part of the carpet is then tucked underneath the top lip of the Z-bar and secured by a carpet tucker or hammering, creating an even flow between the two materials. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Z-Bar," 14 Sep. 2020 Now Ms Talacko exports tasty tucker to 25 countries. The Economist, "Skilled migrantsHow migration makes the world brainier," 14 Nov. 2019 Hang’ is a fascinatingly oblique piece by the British scribe debbie tucker green that lasts just 75 minutes. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "14 Chicago shows to see now," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tucker


1833, in the meaning defined above


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tucker


obsolete English tuck to reproach + -er (as in batter entry 1)

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The first known use of tucker was in 1688

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“Tucker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tucker. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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tuck·​er | \ ˈtə-kər How to pronounce tucker (audio) \
tuckered; tuckering

Kids Definition of tucker

: to cause to tire The long hike tuckered me out.

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