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  • IPA(key): /tʌk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌk

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), German Low German tuken (to tug, pluck, grab and pull towards), Old English tēon (to draw, pull, train). Doublet of touch.


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 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “His Own People”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC, page 6:
      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, trans woman, etc.) To conceal one’s penis and testicles, 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.
  10. (aviation) Ellipsis of Mach tuck.
    Never take a first-generation Learjet past Mach 0.82; it'll tuck hard nose-down and you won't be able to pull out from the dive.
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tuck (plural tucks)

A diver in the tuck position.
A skier in tuck position.
  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.
    tummy tuck
  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.
  7. (nautical) The afterpart of a ship, immediately under the stern or counter, where the ends of the bottom planks are collected and terminate by the tuck-rail.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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


tuck (plural tucks)

  1. (archaic) A rapier, a sword.

Etymology 3[edit]

Compare tocsin.


tuck (plural tucks)

  1. The beat of a drum.

Etymology 4[edit]

Old Occitan tuc (uncooked).


tuck (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, dated, school slang, India) Food, especially snack food.
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tuck (verbal noun tuckal, past participle tuckit)

  1. to full (cloth)