American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that tucks, especially an attachment on a sewing machine for making tucks.
- n. A piece of linen or frill of lace formerly worn by women around the neck and shoulders.
- v. Informal To make weary; exhaust.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fuller.
- n. One who or that which tucks.
- n. A piece of linen, lace, or other delicate fabric, covering the neck and shoulders of a woman above the top of the bodice. Its form varied greatly at different times from the middle of the seventeenth till the middle of the eighteenth century; it was sometimes drawn close with a string passed through a hem at the top and sometimes was merely arranged like a kerchief, the two ends being crossed and tucked in. It was also sometimes a narrow ruffle. In its latest form the tucker is a kerchief or other piece of thin material covering the shoulders and neck loosely above the edge of the bodice, often merely a frill or fold in the neck of a high waist. Compare
- n. Food: same as tuck, n., 8.
- n. Hence Work by which a miner is hardly able to make a living.
- To tire; weary; cause to be tired or exhausted: commonly in the phrase tuckered out, as a fish by struggling on the hook.
- n. A state of fatigue or exhaustion: as, to put one in a mighty tucker.
- v. To tire out or exhaust a person or animal.
- n. countable One who or that which tucks.
- n. uncountable, colloquial, Australia, New Zealand Food.
- n. countable Lace or a piece of cloth in the neckline of a dress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, tucks; specifically, an instrument with which tuck are made.
- n. A narrow piece of linen or the like, folded across the breast, or attached to the gown at the neck, forming a part of a woman's dress in the 17th century and later.
- n. Prov. Eng. A fuller.
- n. Slang or Colloq. Daily food; meals; also, food in general.
- v. Colloq. U. S. To tire; to weary; -- usually with out.
- n. a sewer who tucks
- n. United States anarchist influential before World War I (1854-1939)
- v. wear out completely
- n. a detachable yoke of linen or lace worn over the breast of a low-cut dress
- n. United States vaudevillian (born in Russia) noted for her flamboyant performances (1884-1966)
- Middle English tokker ("one who dresses or finishes cloth") (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from tuck1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“June 10th, 2008 1: 36 pm ET he's not being paid to be on the commitee. tucker is lame, and a liar, and a ridiculous republican.”
“He also called tucker a dick which was even funnier.”
“An exquisite portrait of Louis Philippe's Queen, Marie Amelia, by the early Victorian painter Winterhalter (whose paintings are again by the revival of fashion coming into favour) shows this fine old _grande dame_ in black velvet dress covered with three graduated flounces of Brussels lace, cap and lappets and "tucker" of the same lace, lace fan, and, sad to relate, a scarf of English machine-made net, worked with English run embroidery!”
“When Archibald Forbes was in New Zealand a few years ago, he met a peer's son who was earning his 'tucker' as a station-cook.”
“With a wild whoop fifty of them dashed for tickets, some "tucker," and”
“Don't mind if I do," each man answered, as he rose from his swag, and moved over to the place where the "tucker" was.”
“The remainder of the day belonged to the world, to duty, to the man who paid me a pound a week and "tucker" for my hands and arms and as much brains as work with sheep demanded.”
“Then follows a feast, the inevitable surfeit, and the dire conclusion that crocodile as "tucker" is no good.”
“By rapid travelling our "tucker" could be made to last out the time.”
“I was the youngest of the party, and consequently the most inexperienced, but my mates good-naturedly overlooked my shortcomings as a prospector and digger, especially as I had constituted myself the "tucker" provider when our usual rations of salt beef ran out.”
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