Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a rattling noise; rattle.
  • noun A rattling noise in the throat, as from suffocation. See death-ruckle.

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  • verb to crease or wrinkle

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  • verb make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
  • verb make a hoarse, rattling sound

Etymologies

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Variant of ruck.

Examples

  • Suddenly, the dead silence struck me: my ear missed the "ruckle," and the occasional exclamations of delight.

    The Substance of a Dream

  • He did let go, but only with one hand, and this in order to slide it down her leg, evidently meaning to get hold of her skirt and ruckle it up.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • It is not too much to say that almost every step of the weary sultry way was in pain, and I reached Ujiji a mere ruckle of bones.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • That and this ruckle of stones we sit in are all that's left of what was my father's and my grandfather's and their forebears back till the dark of time.

    Doom Castle

  • The "ruckle-ruckle" of the blocks sounded at quick intervals and indicated haste; there was a suggestion of vicious determination on the part of the men who were tugging at the halyards.

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916

  • Vows that will last to the last death-ruckle, and vows that are snapp’d in a moment of fire;

    Vastness

  • "Tammas, ma puir fallow, if it could avail, a 'tell ye a' wud lay doon this auld worn-oot ruckle o 'a body o' mine juist tae see ye baith sittin 'at the fireside, an' the bairns roond ye, couthy an 'canty again; but it's no tae be, Tammas, it's no tae be."

    A Doctor of the Old School — Volume 2

  • "Tammas, ma puir fallow, if it could avail, a 'tell ye a' wud lay doon this auld worn-oot ruckle o 'a body o' mine juist tae see ye baith sittin 'at the fireside, an' the bairns roond ye, couthy an 'canty again; but it's no tae be, Tammas, it's no tae be."

    A Doctor of the Old School — Complete

  • "Tammas, ma puir fallow, if it could avail, a 'tell ye a' wud lay doon this auld worn-oot ruckle o 'a body o' mine juist tae see ye baith sittin 'at the fireside, an' the bairns round ye, couthy an 'canty again; but it's nae tae be, Tammas, it's nae tae be."

    Stories by English Authors: Scotland (Selected by Scribners)

  • "Tammas, ma puir fallow, if it could avail, a 'tell ye a' wud lay doon this auld worn-oot ruckle o 'a body o' mine juist tae see ye baith sittin 'at the fireside, an' the bairns roond ye, couthy an 'canty again; but it's no tae be, Tammas, it's no tae be."

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush

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  • also means wrinkle.

    January 31, 2010

  • At sound of the grim reaper's chuckle

    Even the mighty must truckle.

    He finds it amusing

    To hear at his choosing

    Laments and a jolly death-ruckle.

    September 2, 2016