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ruck

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[ ruhk ]
/ rʌk /
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noun

a large number or quantity; mass.
the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.

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Origin of ruck

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1175–1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps <Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick1

Definition for ruck (2 of 2)

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[ ruhk ]
/ rʌk /

noun

a fold or wrinkle; crease.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become creased or wrinkled.

Origin of ruck

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First recorded in 1780–90, ruck is from the Old Norse word hrukka a wrinkle
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British Dictionary definitions for ruck (1 of 4)

ruck1
/ (rʌk) /

noun

a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
(in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
rugby a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
Australian rules football the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely

verb

(intr) rugby to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backward in the process
C13 (meaning ``heap of firewood''): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukr rick 1

British Dictionary definitions for ruck (2 of 4)

ruck2
/ (rʌk) /

noun

a wrinkle, crease, or fold

verb

(usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka

British Dictionary definitions for ruck (3 of 4)

ruck3
/ (rʌk) /

noun

prison slang a fight
C20: short for ruckus

British Dictionary definitions for ruck (4 of 4)

ruck4
/ (rʌk) /

noun

military slang a rucksack
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