verb (used with object), buck·led, buck·ling.
verb (used without object), buck·led, buck·ling.
- buckle down,
- buckle under,
- buckle up,
Origin of buckle
Examples from the Web for buckled
Her sunny, dimpled smile was betrayed by her hunched, buckled posture.
Corrin buckled first, insisting that Harris sleep on a sofa, then moving out.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris|Anthony Haden-Guest|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He “buckled” and gave up, and for all intents and purposes refused to re-engage after that.
Successive Israeli leaders have promised to advance construction in E1 but have buckled under American pressure.Israeli Settlement Mayor to France and Britain: Protests Don’t Matter|Dan Ephron|December 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he feared what Bill Kristol might say and buckled under.Michael Tomasky on Romney’s Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP|Michael Tomasky|August 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Then let's be off," said Aleck, as he buckled the last strap of his left skate, and stood up.The Ice Queen|Ernest Ingersoll
They buckled the belts tightly around their bare waists, but every belt carried in it a tomahawk and hunting knife.The Riflemen of the Ohio|Joseph A. Altsheler
The noose was one of his hammock straps, which he buckled round his throat.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
Rupert nodded as he buckled on his sword and prepared to accompany his friend.The Cornet of Horse|G. A. Henty
Roused by the sound, Achilles sprang to his feet, and buckled on his corslet, and clasped the greaves to his ankles.Stories from the Iliad|H. L. Havell
Word Origin for buckle
"spiked metal ring for holding a belt, etc., c.1300, bukel, from Old French bocle "boss (of a shield)," then "shield," then by further extension "buckle, metal ring," (12c., Modern French boucle), from Latin buccula "cheek strap of a helmet," in Late Latin "boss of a shield," diminutive of bucca "cheek" (see bouche).
Boucle in the middle ages had the double sense of a "shield's boss" and "a ring"; the last sense has alone survived, and it metaph. developed in the boucle de cheveux, ringlets. [Kitchin]
"distort, warp, bend out of shape" 1520s, bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler "to bulge," from Old French bocler "to bulge," from bocle "boss of a shield" (see buckle (n.)). Meaning "bend under strong pressure" is from 1590s (figurative from 1640s) . Related: Buckled; buckling.