Origin of bucker1
- (in lumbering) a person who saws felled trees into shorter, more easily hauled lengths.
Origin of bucker2
- 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
Examples from the Web for bucker
I'm open to bet there isn't a bucker in Australia can get rid of him in a quarter of an hour.The Sweep Winner
He took with him four horses and thus quaintly describes a new cure for a hopeless "bucker."Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.
He was bound to go that way sooner or later, but you're not going to ride a bucker, and you're not a gunfighter.Ewing\'s Lady
Harry Leon Wilson
The genuine article, the real Western bucker, is quite another matter.How Women Should Ride
C. De Hurst
As a matter of fact, he became detached rather early in the game, having been accidentally given a bucker.Tenting To-night
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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 bucker
"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."