tuck

1 [tuhk]
verb (used with object)
1.
to put into a small, close, or concealing place: Tuck the money into your wallet.
2.
to thrust in the loose end or edge of (a garment, covering, etc.) so as to hold closely in place (usually followed by in, up, under, etc.): Tuck in your blouse. Tuck the edge of the sheet under the mattress.
3.
to cover snugly in or as if in this manner: She tucked the children into bed.
4.
to pull up into a fold or folds; draw up into a folded arrangement (usually followed by in, up, etc.): to tuck up one's skirts; to tuck one's knees under one's chin.
5.
Needlework. to sew tucks in.
6.
to pass (a strand) above or below another one.
7.
Informal. to eat or drink (usually followed by in, away, etc.): He tucked away a big meal.
verb (used without object)
8.
to draw together; contract; pucker.
9.
Needlework. to make tucks.
10.
to fit securely or snugly: a bed that tucks into the corner.
noun
11.
something tucked or folded in.
12.
Sewing. a fold, or one of a series of folds, made by doubling cloth upon itself and stitching parallel with the edge of the fold, used for decoration or for shortening or fitting a garment.
13.
Diving, Gymnastics. a body position in which the head is lowered and the thighs held against the chest with the knees bent and the arms locked around the shins. Compare layout ( def 10 ), pike7.
14.
Skiing. a crouch in which the ski poles are held close to the chest, extending back under the arms and parallel to the ground, as to maximize speed downhill.
15.
Informal. a plastic surgery operation: a tummy tuck.
16.
Nautical. the part of a vessel where the after ends of the outside planking or plating unite at the sternpost.
17.
(in tying knots) the operation of passing one strand above or below another.
18.
British Slang. food.
Verb phrases
19.
tuck into, to eat with gusto: We tucked into a roast beef dinner.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English t(o)uken to stretch (cloth), torment, Old English tūcian to torment; akin to Middle Low German tucken to tug, German zucken to jerk. See tow1

untucked, adjective
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tuck

2 [tuhk]
noun Informal.

Origin:
by shortening and respelling

tuck

3 [tuhk]
noun Archaic.
a rapier or estoc.

Origin:
1500–10; earlier tocke, apparently sandhi variant of obsolete stock sword < Italian stocco < German Stock stick; cognate with stock

tuck

4 [tuhk]
noun Chiefly Scot.
a drumbeat or the sound of one beat on a drum.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English tukken to beat, sound (said of a drum) < Middle French (north) toker to strike, touch. See touch

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tuck1 (tʌk)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to push or fold into a small confined space or concealed place or between two surfaces: to tuck a letter into an envelope
2.  (tr) to thrust the loose ends or sides of (something) into a confining space, so as to make neat and secure: to tuck the sheets under the mattress
3.  to make a tuck or tucks in (a garment)
4.  (usually tr) to draw together, contract, or pucker
 
n
5.  a tucked object or part
6.  a pleat or fold in a part of a garment, usually stitched down so as to make it a better fit or as decoration
7.  the part of a vessel where the after ends of the planking or plating meet at the sternpost
8.  (Brit)
 a.  an informal or schoolchild's word for food, esp cakes and sweets
 b.  (as modifier): a tuck box
9.  a position of the body in certain dives in which the legs are bent with the knees drawn up against the chest and tightly clasped
 
[C14: from Old English tūcian to torment; related to Middle Dutch tucken to tug, Old High German zucchen to twitch]

tuck2 (tʌk)
 
n
archaic a rapier
 
[C16: from French estoc sword, from Old French: tree trunk, sword, of Germanic origin]

tuck3 (tʌk)
 
n
1.  a touch, blow, or stroke
 
vb
2.  (tr) to touch or strike
3.  (intr) to throb or bump
 
[C16: from Middle English tukken to beat a drum, from Old Northern French toquer to touch; compare tucket]

Tuck (tʌk)
 
n
See Friar Tuck

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Word Origin & History

tuck
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.
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Idioms & Phrases

tuck

In addition to the idioms beginning with tuck, also see nip and tuck.

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Example sentences
Now the zipper is able to tuck in, allowing water to drip off rather than seep
  in.
They raced nip and tuck, the flames gaining on the uphills, horse and rider
  picking up ground on the descents.
Most of those hosts tuck in the partner cells whole in crevices or pockets
  among host cells.
Here she is, bald-lifting the squeaky flap of her white rubber bathing hat to
  tuck out of sight strands of her livid hair.
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