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tucker

1
[tuhk-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that tucks.
  2. a piece of linen, muslin, or the like, worn by women about the neck and shoulders.
  3. chemisette.
  4. a sewing machine attachment for making tucks.
  5. Australian. food.
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Origin of tucker

1
First recorded in 1225–75, tucker is from the Middle English word tokere. See tuck1, -er1

tucker

2
[tuhk-er]
verb (used with object) Informal.
  1. to weary; tire; exhaust (often followed by out): The game tuckered him out.
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Origin of tucker

2
An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; tuck1 + -er6

Tucker

[tuhk-er]
noun
  1. Richard,1915–75, U.S. operatic tenor.
  2. SophieSophie Abruza, 1884–1966, U.S. singer and entertainer, born in Russia.
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Related Words for tucker

dwindle, faint, wither, deteriorate, fail, suffer, rot, weaken, disable, drain, sap, overwork, cripple, weary, fatigue, impoverish, frazzle, exhaust, jade, fray

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Contemporary Examples of tucker

Historical Examples of tucker

  • Dressed in his best bib and tucker, he was, beaver hat and all.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The interior of the houses at Tucker was no more pleasing than the exterior.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • It was they who gave the Lamas of Tucker information of my intention to go to Lhassa.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • Tucker had a dreadful passage of sixteen days with perpetual storms.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • In the "Franklin" Capt. Tucker did some most efficient work.


British Dictionary definitions for tucker

tucker

1
noun
  1. a person or thing that tucks
  2. a detachable yoke of lace, linen, etc, often white, worn over the breast, as of a low-cut dress
  3. an attachment on a sewing machine used for making tucks at regular intervals
  4. Australian and NZ old-fashioned an informal word for food
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tucker

2
verb
  1. (tr; often passive usually foll by out) informal, mainly US and Canadian to weary or tire completely
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Word Origin and History for tucker

n.

"piece of lace worn around the neck," 1680s, from Middle English tokker "tucker, one who dresses or finishes cloth" (see tuck).

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v.

"to tire, weary," 1833, New England slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps from tucked (past participle of tuck (v.)), which had, in reference to dogs, a slang sense of "exhausted, underfed." Related: Tuckered; tuckering.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tucker

tucker

see best bib and tucker.

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