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

  • transitive v. To make one or more folds in: tucked the pleats before sewing the hem.
  • transitive v. To gather up and fold, thrust, or turn in so as to secure or confine: She tucked her scarf into her blouse.
  • transitive v. To put in a snug spot.
  • transitive v. To put in an out-of-the-way, snug place: a cabin that was tucked among the pines.
  • transitive v. To store in a safe spot; save: tuck away a bit of lace; tuck away millions.
  • transitive v. To draw in; contract: He tucked his chin into his chest.
  • transitive v. Sports To bring (a body part) into a tuck position.
  • intransitive v. To make tucks.
  • n. The act of tucking.
  • n. A flattened pleat or fold, especially a very narrow one stitched in place.
  • n. Nautical The part of a ship's hull under the stern where the ends of the bottom planks come together.
  • n. Sports A bodily position used in some sports, such as diving, in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest, with the hands often clasped around the shins.
  • n. Sports A position in skiing in which the skier squats while holding the poles parallel to the ground and under the arms.
  • n. Chiefly British Food, especially sweets and pastry.
  • away Informal To consume (food) heartily.
  • tuck in To make (a child, for example) secure in bed for sleep, especially by tucking bedclothes into the bed.
  • n. A beat or tap, especially on a drum.
  • n. Archaic A slender sword; a rapier.
  • n. Energy; vigor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fit neatly.
  • v. To curl into a ball; to fold up and hold one's legs.
  • v. To sew folds.
  • v. To conceal one's genitals, especially by fastening them down with adhesive tape.
  • v. To keep the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb.
  • n. A fold in fabric that has been stitched in place from end to end, as to reduce the overall dimension of the fabric piece.
  • n. Food.
  • n. Snack food.
  • n. A curled position.
  • n. A plastic surgery technique to remove excess skin.
  • n. The act of keeping the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb.
  • n. A curled position, with the shins held towards the body.
  • n. A rapier, a sword.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long, narrow sword; a rapier.
  • n. The beat of a drum.
  • n. A horizontal sewed fold, such as is made in a garment, to shorten it; a plait.
  • n. A small net used for taking fish from a larger one; -- called also tuck-net.
  • n. A pull; a lugging.
  • n. The part of a vessel where the ends of the bottom planks meet under the stern.
  • n. Food; pastry; sweetmeats.
  • intransitive v. To contract; to draw together.
  • transitive v. To draw up; to shorten; to fold under; to press into a narrower compass
  • transitive v. To make a tuck or tucks in.
  • transitive v. To inclose; to put within; to press into a close place
  • transitive v. To full, as cloth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw close together; pull together.
  • To gather up; draw or pull up, or in any direction; draw into folds: frequently followed by up.
  • In needlework, to lay and sew tucks in: as, the waist was tucked lengthwise. See tuck, n., 2.
  • To press or crowd into a narrow space or compass; stuff; cram.
  • Hence To pack in barrels.
  • To gird; clothe tightly or compactly; hence, to cover snugly with wrappings, as with bedclothes or rugs.
  • To put into one's stomach; eat: usually with in.
  • In seine-fishing, to gather or draw (fish) out of a seine by means of a tuck-seine which is shot inside of the seine.
  • To pinch; nip; wound by the pressure of the finger-nail.
  • To string up; hang.
  • To contract; draw together.
  • To make tucks: as, a sewing-machine that tucks and gathers.
  • To beat; tap: said of a drum.
  • n. Same as tang.
  • n. A garment tucked, girt, or wrapped about one; in the following quotation, a turban.
  • n. In needlework, a flat fold in a fabric, or in a part of a garment, fixed in place by stitches, and frequently one of a series laid parallel.
  • n. A short pinafore.
  • n. In bookbinding, a flap on one side of the cover, made to fold over the other side and tuck into a strap which holds it fast.
  • n. A kind of net.
  • n. A pinch; a nip. See the quotation under tuck, transitive verb, 7.
  • n. Nautical, that part of a vessel where the after ends of the outside planking come together under the stern.
  • n. Eatables; viands; especially, sweets or pastry. Also tucker, in Australia.
  • n. An appetite.
  • n. A rapier. See estoc.
  • n. A blow; a stroke; a tap; a beat; especially, the beating of a drum. See beat or tuck of drum, under beat.
  • n. A blast; a flourish; a tucket.

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

  • n. eatables (especially sweets)
  • n. a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
  • v. fit snugly into
  • v. make a tuck or several folds in
  • n. (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
  • n. a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
  • v. draw together into folds or puckers


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

Middle English tukken, possibly from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tocken, tucken.
From Middle English tukken, to beat a drum, from Old North French toquer, to strike, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.
Perhaps from French dialectal étoc, from Old French estoc, of Germanic origin.
Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English tuken, touken ("to torment, to stretch (cloth)"), from Old English tūcian ("to torment, vex") and Middle Dutch tucken ("to tuck"), both from Proto-Germanic *teuh-, *teug- (“to draw, pull”) (cf. also *tukkōnan), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull”). Akin to Old High German zucchen ("to snatch, tug"), zuchôn ("to jerk"), Old English tēon ("to draw, pull, train"). More at touch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French estoc ("rapier"), from Italian stocco ("a truncheon, a short sword")



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