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bucker1

[buhk-er]
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noun
  1. a horse that bucks.
  2. a person who bucks rivets.
  3. a person employed to carry, shovel, lift, or load coal, farm produce, etc.

Origin of bucker1

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; buck2 + -er1

bucker2

[buhk-er]
noun Canadian.
  1. (in lumbering) a person who saws felled trees into shorter, more easily hauled lengths.

Origin of bucker2

1905–10; buck to cut wood with a bucksaw + -er1

buck1

[buhk]
noun
  1. the male of the deer, antelope, rabbit, hare, sheep, or goat.
  2. the male of certain other animals, as the shad.
  3. an impetuous, dashing, or spirited man or youth.
  4. Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to an American Indian male or a black male.
  5. buckskin.
  6. bucks, casual oxford shoes made of buckskin, often in white or a neutral color.
adjective
  1. 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

before 1000; Middle English bukke, Old English bucca he-goat, bucc male deer; cognate with Dutch bok, German Bock, Old Norse bukkr; def. 5, 6 by shortening; buck private (from circa 1870) perhaps as extension of general sense “male,” i.e., having no status other than being male
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Examples from the Web for bucker

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Nat Gould

  • He took with him four horses and thus quaintly describes a new cure for a hopeless "bucker."

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for bucker

buck1

noun
    1. the male of various animals including the goat, hare, kangaroo, rabbit, and reindeer
    2. (as modifier)a buck antelope
  1. Southern African an antelope or deer of either sex
  2. US informal a young man
  3. archaic a robust spirited young man
  4. archaic a dandy; fop
  5. the act of bucking
verb
  1. (intr) (of a horse or other animal) to jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
  2. (tr) (of a horse, etc) to throw (its rider) by bucking
  3. (when intr , often foll by against) informal, mainly US and Canadian to resist or oppose obstinatelyto buck against change; to buck change
  4. (tr; usually passive) informal to cheer or encourageI was very bucked at passing the exam
  5. US and Canadian informal (esp of a car) to move forward jerkily; jolt
  6. US and Canadian to charge against (something) with the head down; butt
See also buck up
Derived Formsbucker, noun

Word Origin

Old English bucca he-goat; related to Old Norse bukkr, Old High German bock, Old Irish bocc

buck2

noun
  1. US, Canadian and Australian informal a dollar
  2. Southern African informal a rand
  3. a fast buck easily gained money
  4. bang for one's buck See bang 1 (def. 15)

Word Origin

C19: of obscure origin

buck3

noun
  1. gymnastics a type of vaulting horse
  2. US and Canadian a stand for timber during sawingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): sawhorse
verb
  1. (tr) US and Canadian to cut (a felled or fallen tree) into lengths

Word Origin

C19: short for sawbuck

buck4

noun
  1. poker a marker in the jackpot to remind the winner of some obligation when his turn comes to deal
  2. pass the buck informal to shift blame or responsibility onto another
  3. the buck stops here informal the ultimate responsibility lies here

Word Origin

C19: probably from buckhorn knife, placed before a player in poker to indicate that he was the next dealer

Buck

noun
  1. Pearl S (ydenstricker). 1892–1973, US novelist, noted particularly for her novel of Chinese life The Good Earth (1931): Nobel prize for literature 1938
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Word Origin and History for bucker

buck

n.1

"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.

buck

v.

1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Related: Bucked; bucking. Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.

buck

n.2

"sawhorse," 1817, American English, apparently from Dutch bok "trestle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bucker

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