tuck
I. verb Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to pull up into a fold b. to make a tuck in 2. to put into a snug often concealing or isolating place <
a cottage tucked away in the hill
>
3. a. 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 4. eat — usually used with away or in <
tucked away a big lunch
>
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 into <
tucked into their beer and pretzels
>
3. to fit snugly II. noun Date: 1532 1. a fold stitched into cloth to shorten, decorate, or control fullness 2. the part of a vessel where the ends of the lower planks meet under the stern 3. a. an act or instance of tucking b. something tucked or to be tucked in 4. a. 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 5. a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part <
a tummy tuck
>
III. noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots) tuicke beat, stroke Date: 15th century a sound of or as if of a drumbeat IV. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 1508 archaic rapier V. noun Etymology: probably from 2tuck Date: 1878 vigor, energy <
seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me — Mark Twain
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Tuck — Tuck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tucked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tucking}.] [OE. tukken, LG. tukken to pull up, tuck up, entice; akin to OD. tocken to entice, G. zucken to draw with a short and quick motion, and E. tug. See {Tug}.] 1. To draw up; to shorten; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tuck — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Amos Tuck (1810−1879), US amerikanischer Politiker (New Hampshire) Leon Tuck (1890−1953), US amerikanischer Eishockeyspieler Raphael Tuck (1821−1900), Gründer der Firma Raphael Tuck Sons Roderick Tuck (*… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tuck — tuck1 [tuk] vt. [ME tuken < MDu tucken, to tuck & OE tucian, to ill treat, lit., to tug, akin to Ger zucken, to jerk: for IE base see TUG] 1. to pull up or gather up in a fold or folds; draw together so as to make shorter [to tuck up one s… …   English World dictionary

  • tuck — ► VERB 1) push, fold, or turn under or between two surfaces. 2) draw (part of one s body) together into a small space. 3) (often tuck away) store in a secure or secret place. 4) (tuck in/up) settle (someone) in bed by pulling the edges of the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tuck — Tuck, n. 1. A horizontal sewed fold, such as is made in a garment, to shorten it; a plait. [1913 Webster] 2. A small net used for taking fish from a larger one; called also {tuck net}. [1913 Webster] 3. A pull; a lugging. [Obs.] See {Tug}. Life… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tuck — Tuck, n. [F. estoc; cf. It. stocco; both of German origin, and akin to E. stock. See {Stock}.] A long, narrow sword; a rapier. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] He wore large hose, and a tuck, as it was then called, or rapier, of tremendous length. Sir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tuck — Tuck, v. i. To contract; to draw together. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tuck — Tuck, n. [Cf. {Tocsin}.] The beat of a drum. Scot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tuck — tək n a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part see TUMMY TUCK …   Medical dictionary

  • Tuck — Tuck, Friar →↑Friar Tuck …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Tuck — Tuck, bei den Juden das Reinigungsbad vor der Hochzeit, s.d. 2) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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