- The definition of a bucket is a round and deep container used for carrying things.
An example of a bucket is what you'd use to carry water from a faucet to a kiddie pool.
A bright red bucket.
- a deep, round container with a flat bottom and a curved handle, used to hold or carry water, coal, etc.; pail
- the amount held by a bucketalso bucketful
- a thing like a bucket, as a scoop on a steam shovel, any of the cups on a water wheel, or any of the curved vanes in the rotor of a turbine
- Slang the rump; buttocks
Origin of bucketMiddle English boket ; from Anglo-French buket, diminutive of Old English buc, pitcher, bulging vessel, origin, originally , belly ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhou-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bheu-: see big
- to carry, draw, or lift (water, etc.) in a bucket or buckets
- to speculate (with) dishonestly as in a bucket shop
- to ride (a horse) at a fast pace
- to move or drive rapidly or recklessly
kick the bucket
Origin of bucket? < obs. bucket, beam on which a slaughtered pig was hung
- a. A cylindrical vessel used for holding or carrying liquids or solids; a pail.b. The amount that a bucket can hold: One bucket of paint will be enough for the ceiling.
- A unit of dry measure in the US Customary System equal to 2 pecks (17.6 liters).
- A receptacle on various machines, such as the scoop of a power shovel or the compartments on a water wheel, used to gather and convey material.
- Basketball A basket.
verbbuck·et·ed, buck·et·ing, buck·ets
- To hold, carry, or put in a bucket: bucket up water from a well.
- To ride (a horse) long and hard.
- To move or proceed rapidly and jerkily: bucketing over the unpaved lane.
- To make haste; hustle.
Origin of bucketMiddle English, from Old French buket, of Germanic origin.
- A container made of rigid material, often with a handle, used to carry liquids or small items.
- I need a bucket to carry the water from the well.
- The amount held in this container.
- The horse drank a whole bucket of water.
- Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a bucket.
- (slang) An old car that is not in good working order.
- (basketball, informal) The basket.
- The forward drove to the bucket.
- (basketball, informal) A field goal.
- We can't keep giving up easy buckets.
- (variation management) A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.
- (computing) A storage space in a hash table for every item sharing a particular key.
- (informal, chiefly plural) A large amount of liquid.
- It rained buckets yesterday.
- I was so nervous that I sweated buckets.
(third-person singular simple present buckets, present participle bucketing, simple past and past participle bucketed)
From Middle English boket, buket, partly from Anglo-Norman buket, buquet ‘tub, pail’ (compare Jersey boutchet, Guernsey bouquet), diminutive of buc ‘abdomen; object with a cavity’, from Vulgar Latin *būco (compare Occitan/Catalan buc, Italian buco, buca (“hole, gap”)), from Old Frankish *būk (“belly, stomach”), and partly from Old English bucc (“bucket, pitcher”) (mod. dialectal buck), both from Proto-Germanic *būkaz (“belly, stomach”), equivalent to bouk + -et. More at bouk.