tuck

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tuken, touken (to torment, to stretch (cloth)), from Old English tūcian (to torment, vex) and Middle Dutch tucken (to tuck), both from Proto-Germanic *teuh-, *teug- (to draw, pull) (compare also *tukkōną), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (to pull). Akin to Old High German zucchen (to snatch, tug), zuchôn (to jerk), Old English tēon (to draw, pull, train). More at touch.

Verb[edit]

tuck (third-person singular simple present tucks, present participle tucking, simple past and past participle tucked)

  1. (transitive) To pull or gather up (an item of fabric). [From 14thc.]
  2. (transitive) To push into a snug position; to place somewhere safe or somewhat hidden. [From 1580s.]
    Tuck in your shirt.  I tucked in the sheet.  He tucked the $10 bill into his shirt pocket.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, The Younger Set, Ch.I:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  3. (intransitive, often with "in" or "into") To eat; to consume. [From 1780s.]
  4. (ergative) To fit neatly.
    The sofa tucks nicely into that corner.  Kenwood House is tucked into a corner of Hampstead Heath.
  5. To curl into a ball; to fold up and hold one's legs.
    The diver tucked, flipped, and opened up at the last moment.
  6. To sew folds; to make a tuck or tucks in.
    to tuck a dress
  7. To full, as cloth.
  8. (LGBT, of a drag queen, transwoman, etc.) To conceal one’s genitals, as with a gaff or by fastening them down with adhesive tape.
    Honey, have you tucked today? We don’t wanna see anything nasty down there.
  9. (when playing scales on piano keys) To keep the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb.
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Noun[edit]

tuck (plural tucks)

  1. An act of tucking; a pleat or fold. [From late 14thC.]
  2. (sewing) A fold in fabric that has been stitched in place from end to end, as to reduce the overall dimension of the fabric piece.
  3. A curled position.
  4. (medicine, surgery) A plastic surgery technique to remove excess skin.
  5. (music, piano, when playing scales on piano keys) The act of keeping the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb.
  6. (diving) A curled position, with the shins held towards the body.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French estoc (rapier), from Italian stocco (a truncheon, a short sword)

Noun[edit]

tuck (plural tucks)

  1. (archaic) A rapier, a sword.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      [...] with force he labour'd / To free's blade from retentive scabbard; / And after many a painful pluck, / From rusty durance he bail'd tuck [...]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • Sir Walter Scott
      He wore large hose, and a tuck, as it was then called, or rapier, of tremendous length.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Compare tocsin.

Noun[edit]

tuck (plural tucks)

  1. The beat of a drum.

Etymology 4[edit]

Old Provençal tuc (uncooked).

Noun[edit]

tuck (uncountable)

  1. Food, especially snack food.
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Verb[edit]

tuck (verbal noun tuckal, past participle tuckit)

  1. to full (cloth)

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