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Tuck definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TUCK, n.
1. A long narrow sword.
2. A kind of net.
3. [from the verb following.] In a ship, the part where the ends of the bottom planks are collected under the stern.
4. A fold; a pull; a lugging. [See Tug.]
TUCK, v.t. [In some parts of England, this verb signifies to full, as cloth.]
1. To thrust or press in or together; to fold under; to press into a narrower compass; as, to tuck up a bed; to tuck up a garment; to tuck in the skirt of anything.
2. To inclose by tucking close around; as, to tuck a child into a bed.
3. To full, as cloth. [Local.]
TUCK, v.i. To contract; to draw together. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: eatables (especially sweets)
2: (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
3: a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
4: a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges [syn: rapier, tuck] v
1: fit snugly into; "insert your ticket into the slot"; "tuck your shirttail in" [syn: tuck, insert]
2: make a tuck or several folds in; "tuck the fabric"; "tuck in the sheet"
3: draw together into folds or puckers [syn: gather, pucker, tuck]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English tuken to mistreat, finish (cloth) by stretching and beating, tuck, from Old English t?cian to mistreat; akin to Old High German zuhhen to jerk, Old English togian to pull more at tow Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to pull up into a fold b. to make a tuck in 2. to put into a snug often concealing or isolating place <a cottage tucked away in the hill> 3. a. to push in the loose end of so as to hold tightly <tuck in your shirt> b. to cover by tucking in bedclothes usually used with in 4. eat usually used with away or in <tucked away a big lunch> 5. to put into a tuck position intransitive verb 1. to draw together into tucks or folds 2. to eat or drink heartily usually used with into <tucked into their beer and pretzels> 3. to fit snugly II. noun Date: 1532 1. a fold stitched into cloth to shorten, decorate, or control fullness 2. the part of a vessel where the ends of the lower planks meet under the stern 3. a. an act or instance of tucking b. something tucked or to be tucked in 4. a. a body position (as in diving) in which the knees are bent, the thighs drawn tightly to the chest, and the hands clasped around the shins b. a skiing position in which the skier squats forward and holds the ski poles under the arms and parallel to the ground 5. a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part <a tummy tuck> III. noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots) tuicke beat, stroke Date: 15th century a sound of or as if of a drumbeat IV. noun Etymology: Middle French estoc, from Old French, sword point, from estochier to strike with the sword tip, thrust, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch stoken to thrust, poke more at stoke Date: 1508 archaic rapier V. noun Etymology: probably from 2tuck Date: 1878 vigor, energy <seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me Mark Twain>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 tr. (often foll. by in, up) a draw, fold, or turn the outer or end parts of (cloth or clothes etc.) close together so as to be held; thrust in the edge of (a thing) so as to confine it (tucked his shirt into his trousers; tucked the sheet under the mattress). b thrust in the edges of bedclothes around (a person) (came to tuck me in). 2 tr. draw together into a small space (tucked her legs under her; the bird tucked its head under its wing). 3 tr. stow (a thing) away in a specified place or way (tucked it in a corner; tucked it out of sight). 4 tr. a make a stitched fold in (material, a garment, etc.). b shorten, tighten, or ornament with stitched folds. 5 tr. hit (a ball) to the desired place. --n. 1 a flattened usu. stitched fold in material, a garment, etc., often one of several parallel folds for shortening, tightening, or ornament. 2 Brit. colloq. food, esp. cakes and sweets eaten by children (also attrib.: tuck box). 3 Naut. the part of a ship's hull where the planks meet under the stern. 4 (in full tuck position) (in diving, gymnastics, etc.) a position with the knees bent upwards into the chest and the hands clasped round the shins. Phrases and idioms: tuck in colloq. eat food heartily. tuck-in n. Brit. colloq. a large meal. tuck into (or away) colloq. eat (food) heartily (tucked into their dinner; could really tuck it away). tuck-net (or -seine) a small net for taking caught fish from a larger net. tuck shop Brit. a small shop, esp. near or in a school, selling food to children. Etymology: ME tukke, tokke, f. MDu., MLG tucken, = OHG zucchen pull, rel. to TUG

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tuck Tuck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tucked; p. pr. & vb. n. Tucking.] [OE. tukken, LG. tukken to pull up, tuck up, entice; akin to OD. tocken to entice, G. zucken to draw with a short and quick motion, and E. tug. See Tug.] 1. To draw up; to shorten; to fold under; to press into a narrower compass; as, to tuck the bedclothes in; to tuck up one's sleeves. 2. To make a tuck or tucks in; as, to tuck a dress. 3. To inclose; to put within; to press into a close place; as, to tuck a child into a bed; to tuck a book under one's arm, or into a pocket. 4. [Perhaps originally, to strike, beat: cf. F. toquer to touch. Cf. Tocsin.] To full, as cloth. [Prov. Eng.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tuck Tuck, v. i. To contract; to draw together. [Obs.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tuck Tuck, n. 1. A horizontal sewed fold, such as is made in a garment, to shorten it; a plait. 2. A small net used for taking fish from a larger one; -- called also tuck-net. 3. A pull; a lugging. [Obs.] See Tug. --Life of A. Wood. 4. (Naut.) The part of a vessel where the ends of the bottom planks meet under the stern. 5. Food; pastry; sweetmeats. [Slang] --T. Hughes.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tuck Tuck, n. [F. estoc; cf. It. stocco; both of German origin, and akin to E. stock. See Stock.] A long, narrow sword; a rapier. [Obs.] --Shak. He wore large hose, and a tuck, as it was then called, or rapier, of tremendous length. --Sir W. Scot.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tuck Tuck, n. [Cf. Tocsin.] The beat of a drum. --Scot.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(tucks, tucking, tucked) 1. If you tuck something somewhere, you put it there so that it is safe, comfortable, or neat. He tried to tuck his flapping shirt inside his trousers... She found a rose tucked under the windscreen wiper of her car one morning. VERB: V n prep, V-ed 2. You can use tuck to refer to a form of plastic surgery which involves reducing the size of a part of someone's body. She'd undergone 13 operations, including a tummy tuck. N-COUNT: usu supp N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Small sword, rapier, bilbo. 2. Tuck-net. 3. Pull, lugging. 4. Horizontal fold, plait. II. v. a. 1. Pack, stow, fold under, press together. 2. Press in bed-clothes, wrap, infold.

Moby Thesaurus

birr, bread, chow, crease, creasing, crimp, crisp, dog-ear, double, double over, doubling, duplicature, eats, enfold, feed, flection, flexure, flounce, flute, fold, fold over, frill, gather, go, grub, hardihood, infold, interfold, lap over, lapel, lappet, meat, moxie, pep, plait, plat, pleat, plica, plicate, plication, plicature, ply, potency, provender, quill, ruche, ruching, ruff, ruffle, scoff, turn over, twill, vigor

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