1 [tuhk-er]

1225–75; Middle English tokere. See tuck1, -er1

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2 [tuhk-er]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to weary; tire; exhaust (often followed by out ): The game tuckered him out.

1825–35, Americanism; tuck1 + -er6


Richard, 1915–75, U.S. operatic tenor.
Sophie (Sophie Abruza) 1884–1966, U.S. singer and entertainer, born in Russia.
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tucker1 (ˈtʌkə)
1.  a person or thing that tucks
2.  a detachable yoke of lace, linen, etc, often white, worn over the breast, as of a low-cut dress
3.  an attachment on a sewing machine used for making tucks at regular intervals
4.  old-fashioned (Austral), (NZ) an informal word for food

tucker2 (ˈtʌkə)
vb (usually foll by out)
informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) to weary or tire completely

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Word Origin & History

"piece of lace worn around the neck," 1688, from M.E. tokker "tucker, one who dresses or finishes cloth" (see tuck).

"to tire, weary," 1833, New England slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps from tucked (pp. of tuck (v.)), which had, in ref. to dogs, a slang sense of "exhausted, underfed."
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Idioms & Phrases


see best bib and tucker.

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Example sentences
Tucker created false and fraudulent loan applications for several of his extended family members, including his in-laws.
Tucker has again failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.
Crocs can go months without tucker and they can hibernate.
Tucker came to hold the position that no rights exist until they are created by contract.
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