- the male of the deer, antelope, rabbit, hare, sheep, or goat.
- the male of certain other animals, as the shad.
- an impetuous, dashing, or spirited man or youth.
- Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to an American Indian male or a black male.
- bucks, casual oxford shoes made of buckskin, often in white or a neutral color.
- Military. of the lowest of several ranks involving the same principal designation, hence subject to promotion within the rank: buck private; buck sergeant.
Origin of buck1
- (of a saddle or pack animal) to leap with arched back and come down with head low and forelegs stiff, in order to dislodge a rider or pack.
- Informal. to resist or oppose obstinately; object strongly: The mayor bucked at the school board's suggestion.
- (of a vehicle, motor, or the like) to operate unevenly; move by jerks and bounces.
- to throw or attempt to throw (a rider or pack) by bucking.
- to force a way through or proceed against (an obstacle): The plane bucked a strong headwind.
- to strike with the head; butt.
- to resist or oppose obstinately; object strongly to.
- Football. (of a ball-carrier) to charge into (the opponent's line).
- to gamble, play, or take a risk against: He was bucking the odds when he bought that failing business.
- to press a reinforcing device against (the force of a rivet) in order to absorb vibration and increase expansion.
- an act of bucking.
- buck for, to strive for a promotion or some other advantage: to buck for a raise.
- buck up, to make or become more cheerful, vigorous, etc.: She knew that with a change of scene she would soon buck up.
Origin of buck2
- a sawhorse.
- Gymnastics. a cylindrical, leather-covered block mounted in a horizontal position on a single vertical post set in a steel frame, for use chiefly in vaulting.
- any of various heavy frames, racks, or jigs used to support materials or partially assembled items during manufacture, as in airplane assembly plants.
- Also called door buck. a doorframe of wood or metal set in a partition, especially one of light masonry, to support door hinges, hardware, finish work, etc.
- to split or saw (logs, felled trees, etc.).
- buck in, Surveying, Optical Tooling. to set up an instrument in line with two marks.
Origin of buck3
- Poker. any object in the pot that reminds the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
- to pass (something) along to another, especially as a means of avoiding responsibility or blame: He bucked the letter on to the assistant vice president to answer.
- pass the buck, to shift responsibility or blame to another person: Never one to admit error, he passed the buck to his subordinates.
Origin of buck4
- lye used for washing clothes.
- clothes washed in lye.
- to wash or bleach (clothes) in lye.
Origin of buck5
- completely; stark: buck naked.
Origin of buck7
- a dollar.
Origin of buck8
- Pearl (Sy·den·strick·er) [sahyd-n-strik-er] /ˈsaɪd nˌstrɪk ər/, 1892–1973, U.S. novelist: Nobel Prize 1938.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for buck
Congress is attempting to pass the buck on federal funding for education.
President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that read: “The Buck Stops Here.”
Jamming Netanyahu at the UN will buck him up among the right.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process
Aaron David Miller
December 19, 2014
And if she does buck that tide, it does not necessarily mean that it is end of the Warren for President boomlet.Obama’s 2008 Backers: We’re Ready for Warren
October 9, 2014
In the tiny seaside town of Yacahts, Oregon, Buck Henderson is ready to die.Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?
September 17, 2014
Here he's left Buck's hoss, so he ain't exactly a hoss thief—yet.
And Buck was just sober enough to perceive that he was being held lightly.
All of which Andy heard, and he knew that Buck Heath intended him to hear them.
"Don't be a fool, Buck," said Jasper, glancing over his shoulder.
"Come over to the saloon, Buck, and have one on me," said Jasper.
- the male of various animals including the goat, hare, kangaroo, rabbit, and reindeer
- (as modifier)a buck antelope
- Southern African an antelope or deer of either sex
- US informal a young man
- archaic a robust spirited young man
- archaic a dandy; fop
- the act of bucking
- (intr) (of a horse or other animal) to jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
- (tr) (of a horse, etc) to throw (its rider) by bucking
- (when intr , often foll by against) informal, mainly US and Canadian to resist or oppose obstinatelyto buck against change; to buck change
- (tr; usually passive) informal to cheer or encourageI was very bucked at passing the exam
- US and Canadian informal (esp of a car) to move forward jerkily; jolt
- US and Canadian to charge against (something) with the head down; butt
- US, Canadian and Australian informal a dollar
- Southern African informal a rand
- a fast buck easily gained money
- bang for one's buck See bang 1 (def. 15)
- gymnastics a type of vaulting horse
- US and Canadian a stand for timber during sawingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): sawhorse
- (tr) US and Canadian to cut (a felled or fallen tree) into lengths
- poker a marker in the jackpot to remind the winner of some obligation when his turn comes to deal
- pass the buck informal to shift blame or responsibility onto another
- the buck stops here informal the ultimate responsibility lies here
- Pearl S (ydenstricker). 1892–1973, US novelist, noted particularly for her novel of Chinese life The Good Earth (1931): Nobel prize for literature 1938
Word Origin and History for buck
"male deer," c.1300, earlier "male goat;" from Old English bucca "male goat," from Proto-Germanic *bukkon (cf. Old Saxon buck, Middle Dutch boc, Dutch bok, Old High German boc, German Bock, Old Norse bokkr), perhaps from a PIE root *bhugo (cf. Avestan buza "buck, goat," Armenian buc "lamb"), but some speculate that it is from a lost pre-Germanic language. Barnhart says Old English buc "male deer," listed in some sources, is a "ghost word or scribal error."
Meaning "dollar" is 1856, American English, perhaps an abbreviation of buckskin, a unit of trade among Indians and Europeans in frontier days, attested in this sense from 1748. Pass the buck is first recorded in the literal sense 1865, American English:
The 'buck' is any inanimate object, usually knife or pencil, which is thrown into a jack pot and temporarily taken by the winner of the pot. Whenever the deal reaches the holder of the 'buck', a new jack pot must be made. [J.W. Keller, "Draw Poker," 1887]
Perhaps originally especially a buck-handled knife. The figurative sense of "shift responsibility" is first recorded 1912. Buck private is recorded by 1870s, of uncertain signification.
1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Related: Bucked; bucking. Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.
"sawhorse," 1817, American English, apparently from Dutch bok "trestle."