tack

1
[ tak ]
/ tæk /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Definition for tack (2 of 3)

tack

2
[ tak ]
/ tæk /

noun

food; fare.

Origin of tack

2
First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

Definition for tack (3 of 3)

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 (1 of 4)

tack

1
/ (tæk) /

noun

verb

Derived Formstackless, adjective

Word Origin for tack

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

British Dictionary definitions for tack (2 of 4)

tack

2
/ (tæk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for tack

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tack (3 of 4)

tack

3
/ (tæk) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for tack (4 of 4)

tack

4
/ (tæk) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with tack

tack


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

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