buck

1 [buhk]
noun
1.
the male of the deer, antelope, rabbit, hare, sheep, or goat.
2.
the male of certain other animals, as the shad.
3.
an impetuous, dashing, or spirited man or youth.
4.
Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to an American Indian male or a black male.
6.
bucks, casual oxford shoes made of buckskin, often in white or a neutral color.
adjective
7.
Military. of the lowest of several ranks involving the same principal designation, hence subject to promotion within the rank: buck private; buck sergeant.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bukke, Old English bucca he-goat, bucc male deer; cognate with Dutch bok, German Bock, Old Norse bukkr; def. 5, 6 by shortening; buck private (from circa 1870) perhaps as extension of general sense “male,” i.e., having no status other than being male

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buck

2 [buhk]
verb (used without object)
1.
(of a saddle or pack animal) to leap with arched back and come down with head low and forelegs stiff, in order to dislodge a rider or pack.
2.
Informal. to resist or oppose obstinately; object strongly: The mayor bucked at the school board's suggestion.
3.
(of a vehicle, motor, or the like) to operate unevenly; move by jerks and bounces.
verb (used with object)
4.
to throw or attempt to throw (a rider or pack) by bucking.
5.
to force a way through or proceed against (an obstacle): The plane bucked a strong headwind.
6.
to strike with the head; butt.
7.
to resist or oppose obstinately; object strongly to.
8.
Football. (of a ball-carrier) to charge into (the opponent's line).
9.
to gamble, play, or take a risk against: He was bucking the odds when he bought that failing business.
10.
to press a reinforcing device against (the force of a rivet) in order to absorb vibration and increase expansion.
noun
11.
an act of bucking.
Verb phrases
12.
buck for, to strive for a promotion or some other advantage: to buck for a raise.
13.
buck up, to make or become more cheerful, vigorous, etc.: She knew that with a change of scene she would soon buck up.

Origin:
1855–60; verbal use of buck1, influenced in some senses by buck3

buck

3 [buhk]
noun
1.
a sawhorse.
2.
Gymnastics. a cylindrical, leather-covered block mounted in a horizontal position on a single vertical post set in a steel frame, for use chiefly in vaulting.
3.
any of various heavy frames, racks, or jigs used to support materials or partially assembled items during manufacture, as in airplane assembly plants.
4.
Also called door buck. a doorframe of wood or metal set in a partition, especially one of light masonry, to support door hinges, hardware, finish work, etc.
verb (used with object)
5.
to split or saw (logs, felled trees, etc.).
Verb phrases
6.
buck in, Surveying, Optical Tooling. to set up an instrument in line with two marks.

Origin:
1855–60; short for sawbuck

buck

4 [buhk]
noun
1.
Poker. any object in the pot that reminds the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
verb (used with object)
2.
to pass (something) along to another, especially as a means of avoiding responsibility or blame: He bucked the letter on to the assistant vice president to answer.
Idioms
3.
pass the buck, to shift responsibility or blame to another person: Never one to admit error, he passed the buck to his subordinates.

Origin:
1860–65; short for buckhorn knife, an object which served this function

buck

5 [buhk] British Dialect.
noun
1.
lye used for washing clothes.
2.
clothes washed in lye.
verb (used with object)
3.
to wash or bleach (clothes) in lye.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bouken (v.); compare Middle Low German buken, büken to steep in lye, Middle High German būchen, bruchen

buck

6 [buhk]
verb (used without object), noun Indian English.

buck

7 [buhk]
adverb Informal.
completely; stark: buck naked.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism; of obscure origin

buck

8 [buhk]
noun Slang.
a dollar.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; perhaps buck1 in sense “buckskin”; deerskins were used by Indians and frontiersmen as a unit of exchange in transactions with merchants

Buck

[buhk]
noun
1.
Pearl (Sydenstricker) [sahyd-n-strik-er] , 1892–1973, U.S. novelist: Nobel Prize 1938.
2.
a male given name.
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buck1 (bʌk)
 
n
1.  a.  the male of various animals including the goat, hare, kangaroo, rabbit, and reindeer
 b.  (as modifier): a buck antelope
2.  (South African) an antelope or deer of either sex
3.  informal (US) a young man
4.  archaic a robust spirited young man
5.  archaic a dandy; fop
6.  the act of bucking
 
vb (when intr, often foll by against)
7.  (intr) (of a horse or other animal) to jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
8.  (tr) (of a horse, etc) to throw (its rider) by bucking
9.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) to resist or oppose obstinately: to buck against change; to buck change
10.  informal (tr; usually passive) to cheer or encourage: I was very bucked at passing the exam
11.  informal (US), (Canadian) (esp of a car) to move forward jerkily; jolt
12.  (US), (Canadian) to charge against (something) with the head down; butt
 
[Old English bucca he-goat; related to Old Norse bukkr, Old High German bock, Old Irish bocc]
 
'bucker1
 
n

buck2 (bʌk)
 
n
1.  informal (US), (Canadian), (Austral) a dollar
2.  informal (South African) a rand
3.  a fast buck easily gained money
4.  bang for one's buck See bang
 
[C19: of obscure origin]

buck3 (bʌk)
 
n
1.  gymnastics a type of vaulting horse
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): sawhorse a stand for timber during sawing
 
vb
3.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to cut (a felled or fallen tree) into lengths
 
[C19: short for sawbuck]

buck4 (bʌk)
 
n
1.  poker a marker in the jackpot to remind the winner of some obligation when his turn comes to deal
2.  informal pass the buck to shift blame or responsibility onto another
3.  informal the buck stops here the ultimate responsibility lies here
 
[C19: probably from buckhorn knife, placed before a player in poker to indicate that he was the next dealer]

Buck (bʌk)
 
n
Pearl S(ydenstricker). 1892--1973, US novelist, noted particularly for her novel of Chinese life The Good Earth (1931): Nobel prize for literature 1938

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buck
"male deer," c.1300, earlier "male goat;" from O.E. bucca "male goat," from P.Gmc. *bukkon (cf. M.Du. boc, O.H.G. boc, O.N. bokkr), perhaps from a PIE base *bhugo (cf. Avestan buza "buck, goat," Arm. buc "lamb"), but some speculate that it is from a lost pre-Gmc. language. Barnhart says O.E. buc "male
deer" is a "ghost word or scribal error." Meaning "dollar" is 1856, Amer.Eng., perhaps an abbreviation of buckskin, a unit of trade among Indians and Europeans in frontier days, attested in this sense from 1748. Pass the buck is first recorded in the lit. sense 1865, Amer.Eng.:
"The 'buck' is any inanimate object, usually knife or pencil, which is thrown into a jack pot and temporarily taken by the winner of the pot. Whenever the deal reaches the holder of the 'buck', a new jack pot must be made." [J.W. Keller, "Draw Poker," 1887]
The fig. sense of "shift responsibility" is first recorded 1912. Buck private is recorded by 1870s, of uncertain signification.

buck
1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.

buck
"sawhorse," 1817, Amer.Eng., apparently from Du. bok "trestle."
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buck definition


  1. n.
    a dollar. : Gimme a buck for a bottle of wine, will you mister?
  2. tv.
    to resist something. : He enjoys bucking the system.
  3. n.
    a buckskin (leather) shoe. (Usually plural.) : Look at my new white bucks!
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Idioms & Phrases

buck

In addition to the idioms beginning with buck, also see big bucks; fast buck; more bang for the buck; pass the buck.

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Someone should be held accountable, and the buck stops with the president.
Replacing the gas backup with green storage adds a further buck a kwh.
Armed with such logic, a coalition of the hopeful is trying to buck the rude
  trend, even to reverse it.
Instead of ransoming domain names, owners find other ways to make a buck from
  websites bearing celebrity monikers.
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