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
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British Dictionary definitions for tuck in (1 of 5)

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

British Dictionary definitions for tuck in (2 of 5)

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 in (3 of 5)

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 in (4 of 5)

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 in (5 of 5)

Tuck

/ (tʌk) /

noun


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Idioms and Phrases with tuck in (1 of 2)

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]


Idioms and Phrases with tuck in (2 of 2)

tuck

In addition to the idioms beginning with tuck

  • tuck away
  • tuck in
  • tuck into

also see:

  • nip and tuck

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