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[tuhk-er] /ˈtʌk ər/
verb (used with object), Informal.
to weary; tire; exhaust (often followed by out):
The game tuckered him out.
Origin of tucker2
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; tuck1 + -er6 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At last I got her to go to bed, and she was all tuckered out, and went to sleep.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • You ran a big cargo of liquor in this wagon, which is why your plugs are tuckered out.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • "I said to Mamie I knew you'd be tuckered out," she observed.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • Well, at last he could hardly flop his wings, he was so tuckered out.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • There were three men on the steamer and they were just about tuckered out.

  • You look kind of tuckered out, said Kentucky, looking at the man.

    Grapes of wrath Boyd Cable
  • “I kin tell that you girls are all tuckered out,” she said when the task was finished.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • We were all tuckered out when we reached the top of the ridge.

  • If anything ever tuckered me out, 'twas hoein' corn in the hot sun.

    Cheerfulness as a Life Power Orison Swett Marden
British Dictionary definitions for tuckered


a person or thing that tucks
a detachable yoke of lace, linen, etc, often white, worn over the breast, as of a low-cut dress
an attachment on a sewing machine used for making tucks at regular intervals
(Austral & NZ, old-fashioned) an informal word for food


(informal, mainly US & Canadian) (transitive; often passive) usually foll by out. to weary or tire completely
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Word Origin and History for tuckered



"piece of lace worn around the neck," 1680s, from Middle English tokker "tucker, one who dresses or finishes cloth" (see tuck).



"to tire, weary," 1833, New England slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps from tucked (past participle of tuck (v.)), which had, in reference to dogs, a slang sense of "exhausted, underfed." Related: Tuckered; tuckering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tuckered



Tired (1840s+)


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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