- a large number or quantity; mass.
- the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.
Origin of ruck1
1175–1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick1
- a fold or wrinkle; crease.
- to make or become creased or wrinkled.
Origin of ruck2
First recorded in 1780–90, ruck is from the Old Norse word hrukka a wrinkle
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Examples from the Web for ruck
He's head and shoulders above the ruck of black-and-white artists.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
I advertised myself, and made the ruck get out of my way, as I told you before.
But it's different for you and me, Jimmy Grierson, because we're not in the ruck.
Why, how are you to get out of this ruck now, when it begins to move?At the Back of the North Wind
And—I was under the impression that you married me because you found me different from the ruck.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
- (in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
- rugby a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
- Australian rules football the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely
- (intr) rugby to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backward in the process
C13 (meaning ``heap of firewood''): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukr rick 1
- a wrinkle, crease, or fold
- (usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka
- prison slang a fight
C20: short for ruckus
- military slang a rucksack
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