bucker

1 [buhk-er]
noun
1.
a horse that bucks.
2.
a person who bucks rivets.
3.
a person employed to carry, shovel, lift, or load coal, farm produce, etc.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; buck2 + -er1

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bucker

2 [buhk-er]
noun Canadian.
(in lumbering) a person who saws felled trees into shorter, more easily hauled lengths.

Origin:
1905–10; buck to cut wood with a bucksaw + -er1

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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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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Bucker responded that eight hours of alternative training was provided at the conference.
In addition, the log bucker must consider the weight of the manufactured log.
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