- to release from or bring out of a tucked condition: She untucked her legs.
Origin of untuck
- to put into a small, close, or concealing place: Tuck the money into your wallet.
- to thrust in the loose end or edge of (a garment, covering, etc.) so as to hold closely in place (usually followed by in, up, under, etc.): Tuck in your blouse. Tuck the edge of the sheet under the mattress.
- to cover snugly in or as if in this manner: She tucked the children into bed.
- to pull up into a fold or folds; draw up into a folded arrangement (usually followed by in, up, etc.): to tuck up one's skirts; to tuck one's knees under one's chin.
- Needlework. to sew tucks in.
- to pass (a strand) above or below another one.
- Informal. to eat or drink (usually followed by in, away, etc.): He tucked away a big meal.
- to draw together; contract; pucker.
- Needlework. to make tucks.
- to fit securely or snugly: a bed that tucks into the corner.
- something tucked or folded in.
- Sewing. a fold, or one of a series of folds, made by doubling cloth upon itself and stitching parallel with the edge of the fold, used for decoration or for shortening or fitting a garment.
- Diving, Gymnastics. a body position in which the head is lowered and the thighs held against the chest with the knees bent and the arms locked around the shins.Compare layout(def 10), pike7.
- Skiing. a crouch in which the ski poles are held close to the chest, extending back under the arms and parallel to the ground, as to maximize speed downhill.
- Informal. a plastic surgery operation: a tummy tuck.
- Nautical. the part of a vessel where the after ends of the outside planking or plating unite at the sternpost.
- (in tying knots) the operation of passing one strand above or below another.
- British Slang. food.
- tuck into, to eat with gusto: We tucked into a roast beef dinner.
Origin of tuck1
Examples from the Web for untucked
In the middle of the fray he took off his uniform shirt, untucked his t-shirt, and put his gun in the back of his belt.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer
Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey
October 28, 2013
Another day, she arrived in a black skirt and bright pink blouse —untucked—topped with a black sweater.Cate Edwards’s Courtroom Style Strategy
May 2, 2012
Sitting relaxed in a blazer and untucked shirt, he talked about what draws him to such combustible roles.Woody Harrelson on ‘Rampart’
January 13, 2012
As he stepped out, he removed his employee badge and untucked his shirt.Makers
He untucked his head from under his wing and chirrupped drowsily.The Divine Fire
The spider took off his spectacles (or untucked his legs), and took a sideways run out of his corner.The Land of Lost Toys
Juliana Horatia Ewing
- (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
- 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
- an informal or schoolchild's word for food, esp cakes and sweets
- (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
- archaic a rapier
- a touch, blow, or stroke
- (tr) to touch or strike
- (intr) to throb or bump
- See Friar Tuck
- to become or cause to become loose or not tucked into untuck the blankets
Word Origin and History for untucked
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.
Idioms and Phrases with untucked
In addition to the idioms beginning with tuck
- tuck away
- tuck in
- tuck into
- nip and tuck