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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
1825-35, Americanism; tuck1 + -er6 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ive got a Yankee side to me as well as a Southern side; sometimes I get tuckered out tryin to combine em.

    The Wayfarers Mary Stewart Cutting
  • If anything ever tuckered me out, 'twas hoein' corn in the hot sun.

    Cheerfulness as a Life Power Orison Swett Marden
  • If he felt it—well, the Colonel was a corker; if he didn't feel it—well, the Colonel was just about tuckered out.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • "I reckon he's tuckered out," said Abner, tacitly admitting the relationship.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • My honey, you're all tuckered out, an' here it's gettin' on to midnight, an' you to go to Englewood by the early car!

    The Definite Object Jeffery Farnol
  • Then for sure and certain we did get tired, and indeed by the end of a week of it we were well-nigh “tuckered out.”

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Well, at last he could hardly flop his wings, he was so tuckered out.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • And, when the wind went down, the whale was so tuckered that he couldn't swim a stroke.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • Remember before you give up that the other man's just as tuckered as you are, maybe more so.

    Behind the Line Ralph Henry Barbour
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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best bib and tucker

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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