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[ruhk] /rʌk/
noun
1.
a fold or wrinkle; crease.
verb (used with or without object)
2.
to make or become creased or wrinkled.
Origin of ruck2
1780-1790
1780-90; < Old Norse hrukka a wrinkle
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Examples from the Web for rucked
Historical Examples
  • Wade stood looking after them as the wagons “rucked” away, his face working with an emotion he could not suppress.

  • Added to this, Russia rucked on him and his Highness fell into disgrace.

    London in the Sixties One of the Old Brigade
  • Skirt and a cream linen blazer that rucked up over her shoulders, moving restlessly.

  • As it is, we have to keep it hanging on the wall, where it cannot get “rucked” or creased.

  • Never, according to Tommy the Mate, had the gravel of our carriage drive been so rucked up by the pawing feet of high-bred horses.

  • The cloak, rucked up about his throat and shoulders, then saved his life, for only stout cloth was caught between those fangs.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • Not a bit of it; on the contrary he rucked back at his bridle so violently as nearly to tear it out of my hand.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • Fetch me my best cap—the one that's rucked and trimmed with Valenciennes, and the white shawl that Peter—the wastrel—gave me.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • He counted the creases of rucked leather wherein another's foot had nested warm.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He was wearing trousers, and his trousers had rucked up to his knees.

British Dictionary definitions for rucked

ruck1

/rʌk/
noun
1.
a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
2.
(in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
3.
(rugby) a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
4.
(Australian rules football) the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely
verb
5.
(intransitive) (rugby) to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backward in the process
Word Origin
C13 (meaning ``heap of firewood''): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukrrick1

ruck2

/rʌk/
noun
1.
a wrinkle, crease, or fold
verb
2.
(usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
Word Origin
C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka

ruck3

/rʌk/
noun
1.
(prison slang) a fight
Word Origin
C20: short for ruckus

ruck4

/rʌk/
noun
1.
(military, slang) a rucksack
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