from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The adult male of some animals, such as the deer, antelope, or rabbit.
  • n. Antelope considered as a group: a herd of buck.
  • n. A robust or high-spirited young man.
  • n. A fop.
  • n. Offensive A Native American or Black man.
  • n. An act or instance of bucking: a horse that unseated its rider on the first buck.
  • n. Buckskin.
  • n. Buckskin breeches or shoes.
  • intransitive v. To leap upward arching the back: The horse bucked in fright.
  • intransitive v. To charge with the head lowered; butt.
  • intransitive v. To make sudden jerky movements; jolt: The motor bucked and lurched before it finally ran smoothly.
  • intransitive v. To resist stubbornly and obstinately; balk.
  • intransitive v. Informal To strive with determination: bucking for a promotion.
  • transitive v. To throw or toss by bucking: buck off a rider; bucked the packsaddle off its back.
  • transitive v. To oppose directly and stubbornly; go against: "Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the country, is bucking the trend” ( American Demographics).
  • transitive v. Football To charge into (an opponent's line) carrying the ball.
  • transitive v. Archaic To butt against with the head.
  • adj. Of the lowest rank in a specified military category: a buck private; a buck sergeant.
  • buck up To summon one's courage or spirits; hearten: My friends tried to buck me up after I lost the contest.
  • n. A sawhorse or sawbuck.
  • n. A leather-covered frame used for gymnastic vaulting.
  • n. Informal A dollar.
  • n. Informal An amount of money: working overtime to make an extra buck.
  • n. Games A counter or marker formerly passed from one poker player to another to indicate an obligation, especially one's turn to deal.
  • n. Informal Games Obligation to account for something; responsibility: tried to pass the buck for the failure to his boss.
  • transitive v. Informal To pass (a task or duty) to another, especially so as to avoid responsibility: "We will see the stifling of initiative and the increased bucking of decisions to the top” ( Winston Lord).
  • idiom the buck stops here Informal The ultimate responsibility rests here.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit, hare, and sometimes the male of other animals such as the ferret and shad.
  • n. An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  • n. A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man.
  • n. A fop or dandy.
  • n. A black or Native American man.
  • n. A dollar (one hundred cents).
  • n. A rand (currency unit).
  • n. One hundred.
  • n. An object of various types, placed on a table to indicate turn or status; such as a brass object, placed in rotation on a US Navy wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first, or an item passed around a poker table indicating the dealer or placed in the pot to remind the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
  • n. Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
  • n. The body of a post mill, particularly in East Anglia. See Wikipedia:Windmill machinery.
  • n. One million dollars.
  • n. A euro
  • v. To bend; buckle.
  • v. To leap upward arching its back, coming down with head low and forelegs stiff, forcefully kicking its hind legs upward, often in an attempt to dislodge or throw a rider or pack.
  • v. to successfully throw or attempt to throw (a rider or pack) by bucking.
  • v. To resist obstinately; oppose or object strongly.
  • v. To move or operate in a sharp, jerking, or uneven manner.
  • v. To overcome or shed (e.g., an impediment or expectation), in pursuit of a goal; to force a way through despite (an obstacle); to resist or proceed against.
  • v. To press a reinforcing device (bucking bar) against (the force of a rivet) in order to absorb vibration and increase expansion. See Wikipedia: Rivet:Installation.
  • v. To saw a felled tree into shorter lengths, as for firewood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
  • n. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.
  • n. The male of deer, especially fallow deer and antelopes, or of goats, sheep, hares, and rabbits.
  • n. A gay, dashing young fellow; a fop; a dandy.
  • n. A male Indian or negro.
  • n. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
  • n. The beech tree.
  • intransitive v. To copulate, as bucks and does.
  • intransitive v. To spring with quick plunging leaps, descending with the fore legs rigid and the head held as low down as possible; -- said of a vicious horse or mule.
  • transitive v. To soak, steep, or boil, in lye or suds; -- a process in bleaching.
  • transitive v. To wash (clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.
  • transitive v. To break up or pulverize, as ores.
  • transitive v. To subject to a mode of punishment which consists in tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
  • transitive v. To throw by bucking. See Buck, v. i., 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To copulate, as bucks and does.
  • To butt: a sense referred also to buck 4 (which see).
  • To bend; buckle.
  • To spring lightly.
  • To make a violent effort to throw off a rider or pack, by means of rapid plunging jumps performed by springing into the air, arching the back, and coming down with the fore legs perfectly stiff, the head being commonly held as low as possible: said of a horse or a mule.
  • To “kick”; make obstinate resistance or objection: as, to buck at improvements.
  • To punish by tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
  • To throw, or attempt to throw (a rider), by bucking: as, the bronco bucked him off.
  • To soak or steep (clothes) in lye, as in bleaching; wash in lye or suds; clean by washing and beating with a bat.
  • To beat.
  • In mining and ore-dressing, to break into small pieces for jigging. The tool with which this is done is called a bucking-iron, and the support on which the ore is placed to be thus treated a bucking-plate.
  • To push; thrust.
  • To strike with the head; butt.
  • To make a noise in swallowing; gulp.
  • To saw (felled trees) into logs.
  • To bring or carry: as, to buck water or wood.
  • To cut to a proper shape for a barrel-stave.
  • To attempt to control (a bucking or obstreperous beast or a difficult affair or proposition): used only in the phrase to buck the tiger. See to fight the tiger, under fight.
  • In football, to charge into (the line of opponents) with the ball.
  • To cut (wood) with a bucksaw.
  • n. A he-goat.
  • n. The male of the deer, the antelope, the rabbit, or the hare: often used specifically of the male of the fallow-deer; a roebuck.
  • n. A gay or fashionable man; a fop; a blood; a dandy.
  • n. A male Indian.
  • n. A male negro.
  • n. The mark of a cuckold.
  • n. A violent effort of a horse or mule to rid itself of its rider or burden; the act of bucking.
  • n. Lye in which clothes are soaked in the operation of bleaching; the liquor in which clothes are washed.
  • n. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed in lye or suds; a wash.
  • n. The breast.
  • n. The body of a wagon.
  • n. A frame.
  • n. The beech: a dialectal word used in literary English only in the compounds buck-mast and buckwheat; also in dialectal buck-log.
  • n. An earthenware pot made of clay found in some parts of British Guiana. Also called buckpot.
  • n. A hollow sound which a stone makes when thrown into the water from a height.
  • n. A kind of minute fungus (as supposed) infesting ill-kept dairies.
  • n. The spittle-fly.
  • n. In poker, any article placed in the pool with the chips, to be taken down by the winner, indicating that when he deals it shall be a jack-pot.
  • n. An apparatus used in the northwestern United States for gathering hay from the swath and transferring it directly to the foot of the stack. It consists of a coarse rake or cradle with horizontal teeth, supported at the two ends by wheels and propelled by horses at the rear. A drag-buck used on rougher ground is similar but without the wheels. The hay is elevated by means of a slide (see slide).
  • n. A dollar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. resist
  • v. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
  • n. a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
  • n. a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
  • v. to strive with determination
  • n. a piece of paper money worth one dollar
  • n. United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973)
  • v. move quickly and violently
  • n. mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)


Middle English bukke, from Old English buc, male deer, and bucca, male goat.
Alteration (influenced by buck1) of Dutch bok, male goat, trestle, from Middle Dutch boc.
Short for buckskin (from its use in trade).
Short for buckhorn knife (from its use as a marker in poker).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English buc, from Old English bucca ("he-goat, stag"), from Proto-Germanic *bukkô (“buck”) (compare West Frisian bok ("he-goat"), German Bock), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰug- (“ram”) (compare Albanian buzë, Old Armenian բուծ (buc, "sucking lamb"), Persian بز (boz, "goat"), Sanskrit बुख (bukha)). (Wiktionary)
From Middle Low German bucken ("to bend") or Middle Dutch bucken, bocken ("to bend"), intensive forms of Old Saxon būgan and Old Dutch *būgan ("to bend, bow"), from Proto-Germanic *būganan (“to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhūgh- (“to bend”). Cognate with German bücken ("to bend, stoop"), Danish bukke ("to buck"), Swedish bocka ("to bend, buck, bow"). In fluenced in some senses by buck ("male goat"). See above. Cf. bow. (Wiktionary)



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