ruck

ruck

1 [ruhk]
noun
1.
a large number or quantity; mass.
2.
the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick1

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ruck

2 [ruhk]
noun
1.
a fold or wrinkle; crease.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to make or become creased or wrinkled.

Origin:
1780–90; < Old Norse hrukka a wrinkle

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ruck1 (rʌk)
 
n
1.  a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
2.  (in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
3.  rugby a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
4.  Australian rules football the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely
 
vb
5.  (intr) rugby to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backward in the process
 
[C13 (meaning ``heap of firewood''): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukrrick1]

ruck2 (rʌk)
 
n
1.  a wrinkle, crease, or fold
 
vb
2.  (usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
 
[C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka]

ruck3 (rʌk)
 
n
prison slang a fight
 
[C20: short for ruckus]

ruck4 (rʌk)
 
n
slang military a rucksack

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