verb (used with object) Informal.

to weary; tire; exhaust (often followed by out): The game tuckered him out.

Origin of tucker

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; tuck1 + -er6
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Historical Examples of tuckered

  • At last I got her to go to bed, and she was all tuckered out, and went to sleep.

  • You ran a big cargo of liquor in this wagon, which is why your plugs are tuckered out.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • "I said to Mamie I knew you'd be tuckered out," she observed.


    Josephine Lawrence

  • Well, at last he could hardly flop his wings, he was so tuckered out.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • There were three men on the steamer and they were just about tuckered out.

British Dictionary definitions for tuckered




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




(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 tuckered



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



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tuckered


see best bib and tucker.

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