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 formsun·tucked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tuck in

tuck in

verb (adverb)

Also: tuck into (tr) to put to bed and make snug
(tr) to thrust the loose ends or sides of (something) into a confining space
Also: tuck into (intr) informal to eat, esp heartily

noun tuck-in

British informal a meal, esp a large one

tuck

1

verb

(tr) to push or fold into a small confined space or concealed place or between two surfacesto tuck a letter into an envelope
(tr) to thrust the loose ends or sides of (something) into a confining space, so as to make neat and secureto tuck the sheets under the mattress
to make a tuck or tucks in (a garment)
(usually tr) to draw together, contract, or pucker

noun

a tucked object or part
a pleat or fold in a part of a garment, usually stitched down so as to make it a better fit or as decoration
the part of a vessel where the after ends of the planking or plating meet at the sternpost
British
  1. an informal or schoolchild's word for food, esp cakes and sweets
  2. (as modifier)a tuck box
a position of the body in certain dives in which the legs are bent with the knees drawn up against the chest and tightly clasped
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

tuck

2

noun

archaic a rapier

Word Origin for tuck

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

tuck

3

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

Tuck

noun

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Word Origin and History for tuck in

tuck

v.

late 14c., "to pull or gather up," earlier "to pluck, stretch" (late 13c., implied in tucker), probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tucken "pull up, draw up, tug" (cognate with Old English tucian "mistreat, torment," and related to Old English togian "to pull," German zucken; see tow). Sense of "thrust into a snug place" is first recorded 1580s. Slang meaning "to consume, swallow" is recorded from 1784. The noun is first attested late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tuck in

tuck in

Thrust in the edge of or end of something, such as bed linens or a shirt; also, make a child secure in bed by folding in the bedclothes. For example, Tuck in your shirt; it looks awful hanging out of your pants, or Mother went upstairs to tuck in the children. [First half of 1600s]

tuck

In addition to the idioms beginning with tuck

  • tuck away
  • tuck in
  • tuck into

also see:

  • nip and tuck
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