late 14c., "to pull or gather up," earlier "to pluck, stretch" (late 13c., implied in tucker
), probably from M.L.G. or M.Du. tucken
"pull up, draw up, tug" (cognate with O.E. tucian
"mistreat, torment," and related to O.E. togian
"to pull," Ger. 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.