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

transitive verb

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


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

Examples of tucker in a Sentence

Noun you can get some downright peculiar tucker deep in the outback
Recent Examples on the Web
Under these conditions, even catch-and-release fishing and handling can tucker out trout to the point of death. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Aug. 2021 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, 13 Dec. 2019 Wells: Because your immune system is tuckered out from fighting. The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2020 The 3-inch layer of orthopedic shredded memory foam is perfect for when your pup gets tuckered out. CNN Money, 17 Dec. 2019 Some are burdened with luggage or are just plum tuckered out. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, 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, 10 May 2019 The morning of bobbing and weaving in the parade seemed to have left him tuckered out. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 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, 10 June 2019
What's the difference between tummy tucker and shapewear? Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 According to Richards, some use tummy tucker and shapewear interchangeably. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 To picnic like an Aussie, load up your esky (cooler) with some tucker (food) and stubbies (bottles of beer). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 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, 14 Sep. 2020 Now Ms Talacko exports tasty tucker to 25 countries. The Economist, 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, 20 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1833, in the meaning defined above


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tucker was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Tucker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tucker. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


tuckered; tuckering
: to cause to tire
tuckered out by the hard work
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