Origin of tuck

1
before 900; Middle English t(o)uken to stretch (cloth), torment, Old English tūcian to torment; akin to Middle Low German tucken to tug, German zucken to jerk. See tow1

Related forms

un·tucked, adjective

Definition for tuck (2 of 4)

tuck

2
[ tuhk ]
/ tʌk /

noun Informal.

Origin of tuck

2
by shortening and respelling

Definition for tuck (3 of 4)

tuck

3
[ tuhk ]
/ tʌk /

noun Archaic.

a rapier or estoc.

Origin of tuck

3
1500–10; earlier tocke, apparently sandhi variant of obsolete stock sword < Italian stocco < German Stock stick; cognate with stock

Definition for tuck (4 of 4)

tuck

4
[ tuhk ]
/ tʌk /

noun Chiefly Scot.

a drumbeat or the sound of one beat on a drum.

Origin of tuck

4
1300–50; Middle English tukken to beat, sound (said of a drum) < Middle French (north) toker to strike, touch. See touch
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British Dictionary definitions for tuck (1 of 4)

tuck

1
/ (tʌk) /

verb

noun

See also tuck away, tuck in

Word Origin for tuck

C14: from Old English tūcian to torment; related to Middle Dutch tucken to tug, Old High German zucchen to twitch

British Dictionary definitions for tuck (2 of 4)

tuck

2
/ (tʌk) /

noun

archaic a rapier

Word Origin for tuck

C16: from French estoc sword, from Old French: tree trunk, sword, of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for tuck (3 of 4)

tuck

3
/ (tʌk) dialect /

noun

a touch, blow, or stroke

verb

(tr) to touch or strike
(intr) to throb or bump

Word Origin for tuck

C16: from Middle English tukken to beat a drum, from Old Northern French toquer to touch; compare tucket

British Dictionary definitions for tuck (4 of 4)

Tuck

/ (tʌk) /

noun

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Idioms and Phrases with tuck

tuck


In addition to the idioms beginning with tuck

  • tuck away
  • tuck in
  • tuck into

also see:

  • nip and tuck
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