cruck

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps from a dialectal variant of crutch or crook.

Noun[edit]

cruck (plural crucks)

  1. (architecture) A sturdy timber with a curve or angle used for primary framing of a timber house, usually used in pairs.
    • 1952: To construct such a house, it is necessary to select an oak with a branch growing out at an angle of about 45°; the upper part of the tree, above the fork, having been cut off, the trunk and branch are roughly squared and divided in half . If the two halves are then placed opposite one another, with the branch ends pegged together, they constitute what was usually known as a 'cruck' or, more correctly, 'a pair of crucks'. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 195.
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Verb[edit]

cruck (third-person singular simple present crucks, present participle crucking, simple past and past participle crucked)

  1. (dialectal, transitive) To make lame.

Etymology 2[edit]

From blend of car and truck.

Noun[edit]

cruck (plural crucks)

  1. A verhicle that has features of both a car and a truck.
    • 2010, Michael Thoreau, Oh Brother, Why?:
      It was a car/truck. The cab had two seats like a car and the back had a flat cut out for cargo like a truck. People used to call it a 'Cruck'.
    • 2011, Karl J. Stenstrom, The Low Road:
      It was a half car, half truck. I christened it the “Cruck”.