From Middle English buket, boket, partly from Old English bucc ("bucket, pitcher"; mod. dialectal buck), equivalent to bouk + -et; and partly from Anglo-Norman buket, buquet (“tub; pail”) (compare Norman boutchet, Norman bouquet), diminutive of Old French buc (“abdomen; object with a cavity”), from Vulgar Latin *būcus (compare Occitan and Catalan buc, Italian buco, buca (“hole, gap”)), from Frankish *būk (“belly, stomach”). Both the Old English and Frankish terms derive from Proto-Germanic *būkaz (“belly, stomach”). More at bouk.
bucket (plural buckets)
- A container made of rigid material, often with a handle, used to carry liquids or small items.
- Synonym: pail
- I need a bucket to carry the water from the well.
- 1922, Virginia Woolf, chapter 1, in Jacob's Room:
- The crab was cool and very light. But the water was thick with sand, and so, scrambling down, Jacob was about to jump, holding his bucket in front of him, when he saw, stretched entirely rigid, side by side, their faces very red, an enormous man and woman.
- The amount held in this container.
- The horse drank a whole bucket of water.
- (informal, chiefly in the plural) A large amount of liquid.
- It rained buckets yesterday.
- I was so nervous that I sweated buckets.
- (informal, chiefly in the plural) A great deal of anything.
- My new suit cost me buckets.
- We had buckets of fun.
- (UK, archaic) A unit of measure equal to four gallons.
- Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a bucket (container).
- (MTE, slang) an insult term used in Toronto to refer to someone who habitually uses crack cocaine.
- (slang) An old vehicle that is not in good working order.
- (basketball, informal) The basket.
- The forward drove to the bucket.
- (basketball, informal) A field goal.
- We can't keep giving up easy buckets.
- (variation management) A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.
- (computing) A storage space in a hash table for every item sharing a particular key.
- (aviation, mechanical engineering, uncommon) A turbine blade driven by hot gas or steam.
- A bucket bag.
- 1989, Susan Ludwig, Janice Steinberg, Petite Style, page 46:
- Avoid bulky styles such as duffle sacks, buckets, doctors' satchels, and hobos.
- The leather socket for holding the whip when driving, or for the carbine or lance when mounted.
- The pitcher in certain orchids.
- (slang, humorous) A helmet.
- Bambi bucket
- bargain bucket
- bit bucket
- bolt bucket
- brain bucket
- bucket and spade
- bucket bong
- bucket brigade
- bucket chemistry
- bucket drive
- bucket drummer
- bucket hat
- bucket head
- bucket list
- bucket naked
- bucket of blood
- bucket of bolts
- bucket of rust
- bucket of sunshine
- bucket rendering
- bucket seat
- bucket shop
- bucket sort
- bucket steak
- can't carry a tune in a bucket
- champagne bucket
- couldn't carry a note in a bucket
- cunt bucket
- drool bucket
- drop in the bucket
- fire bucket
- gin bucket
- grab bucket
- helicopter bucket
- honey bucket
- ice bucket
- ice bucket challenge
- in the bucket
- jizz bucket
- kick the bucket
- leaky bucket
- light bucket
- lunch bucket
- mercy bucket
- monsoon bucket
- mop bucket
- paint bucket
- rust bucket
- slop bucket
- spit bucket
- sweat buckets
- thrust bucket
- token bucket
- two tears in a bucket
- (transitive) To place inside a bucket.
- (transitive) To draw or lift in, or as if in, buckets.
- to bucket water
- (intransitive, informal) To rain heavily.
- It’s really bucketing down out there.
- (intransitive, informal) To travel very quickly.
- The boat is bucketing along.
- (transitive) To ride (a horse) hard or mercilessly.
- (transitive, Australia, slang) To criticize vehemently; to denigrate.
- (computing, transitive) To categorize (data) by splitting it into buckets, or groups of related items.
- 2002, Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi, Masayuki Numao, Rüdiger Reischuk, Algorithmic Learning Theory: 13th International Conference, page 352:
- These candidates are then bucketed into a discretized version of the space of all possible lines.
- 2008, Hari Mohan Pandey, Design Analysis and Algorithm, page 136:
- Thus, sorting each bucket takes O(1) times. The total effort of bucketing, sorting buckets, and concotenating[sic] the sorted buckets together is O(n).
- (transitive, UK, US, rowing) To make, or cause to make (the recovery), with a certain hurried or unskillful forward swing of the body.
- (rain heavily): bucket down, chuck it down, piss down, rain cats and dogs
- (travel very quickly): hurtle, rocket, shoot, speed, whizz, book it
- “bucket”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- buckets on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
- “bucket”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- “bucket”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- “bucket”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “bucket” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
As English bucket.
bucket (plural buckets)