Nearby words

  1. buckishly,
  2. buckjump,
  3. buckjumper,
  4. buckjumping,
  5. buckland,
  6. buckle down,
  7. buckle under,
  8. buckle up,
  9. buckled,
  10. buckler

Origin of buckle

1300–50; Middle English bocle < Anglo-French bo(u)cle, bucle < Latin buc(c)ula cheekpiece (of a helmet), strip of wood, etc., resembling a cheekpiece, equivalent to bucc(a) cheek + -ula -ule

Related formsbuck·le·less, adjectivere·buck·le, verb, re·buck·led, re·buck·ling.

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British Dictionary definitions for buckle

buckle

noun

a clasp for fastening together two loose ends, esp of a belt or strap, usually consisting of a frame with an attached movable prong
an ornamental representation of a buckle, as on a shoe
a kink, bulge, or other distortiona buckle in a railway track

verb

to fasten or be fastened with a buckle
to bend or cause to bend out of shape, esp as a result of pressure or heat

Word Origin for buckle

C14: from Old French bocle, from Latin buccula a little cheek, hence, cheek strap of a helmet, from bucca cheek

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Word Origin and History for buckle
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