tack

1
[ tak ]
/ tæk /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. tacitean,
  2. tacitly,
  3. taciturn,
  4. taciturnity,
  5. tacitus,
  6. tack claw,
  7. tack hammer,
  8. tack rag,
  9. tack room,
  10. tack welding

Idioms

    on the wrong tack, under a misapprehension; in error; astray: His line of questioning began on the wrong tack.

Origin of tack

1
1300–50; (noun) Middle English tak buckle, clasp, nail (later, tack); cognate with German Zacke prong, Dutch tak twig; (v.) Middle English tacken to attach, derivative of the noun; see tache, attach

Related formstack·er, nountack·less, adjective

Can be confusedtack tact track tracttacks tax

tack

2
[ tak ]
/ tæk /

noun

food; fare.

Origin of tack

2
First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

tack

3
[ tak ]
/ tæk /

noun Scot. and North England.

a lease, especially on farmland.
a rented pasture.
a catch, haul, or take of fish.

Origin of tack

3
1250–1300; Middle English tak < Old Norse tak goods, seizure, grasp. See take

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British Dictionary definitions for tack

tack

1
/ (tæk) /

noun

verb

Derived Formstackless, adjective

Word Origin for tack

C14 tak fastening, nail; related to Middle Low German tacke pointed instrument

noun

informal food, esp when regarded as inferior or distastefulSee also hardtack

Word Origin for tack

C19: of unknown origin

noun

  1. riding harness for horses, such as saddles, bridles, etc
  2. (as modifier)the tack room

Word Origin for tack

C20: shortened from tackle

noun Scot

a lease
an area of land held on a lease

Word Origin for tack

C15: from tak a Scots word for take

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Word Origin and History for tack
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Idioms and Phrases with tack

tack

see get down to brass tacks; on the right tack; sharp as a tack.

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