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ruck1

[ruhk] /rʌk/
noun
1.
a large number or quantity; mass.
2.
the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.
Origin of ruck1
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick1

ruck2

[ruhk] /rʌk/
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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Examples from the Web for ruck
Historical Examples
  • Before they can make and trim sail the Jason is clear of the ruck of them, a good gunshot clear!

  • He's head and shoulders above the ruck of black-and-white artists.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • How do you s'pose you'll ever find Si in all that ruck o' men?

  • But it's different for you and me, Jimmy Grierson, because we're not in the ruck.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Mr. ruck presently came out of the salon, having concluded his interview with the elder of the pair.

    Lady Barbarina Henry James
  • Why, how are you to get out of this ruck now, when it begins to move?

  • He had no pride, he said, and would lob along in the ruck as happily as possible.

  • Perhaps he will be the last to see the big thing that he is doing, for he is in the ruck of it.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • When he had apparently made all ready, he stooped down again and smoothed out a ruck, lest its discomfort should irk the dead.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • One must always remove himself from the ruck to see its movement.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for ruck

ruck1

/rʌk/
noun
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
verb
5.
(intransitive) (rugby) to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backward in the process
Word Origin
C13 (meaning ``heap of firewood''): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukrrick1

ruck2

/rʌk/
noun
1.
a wrinkle, crease, or fold
verb
2.
(usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
Word Origin
C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka

ruck3

/rʌk/
noun
1.
(prison slang) a fight
Word Origin
C20: short for ruckus

ruck4

/rʌk/
noun
1.
(military, slang) a rucksack
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