- The definition of a tuck is a fold in fabric or a surgical procedure in which excess fat is removed.
- An example of a tuck is little folds in the bottom of drapes.
- An example of a tuck is when a woman has a tummy tuck to remove fat from her belly.
- To tuck is to put the edges of fabric inside or under something, to fold a part of something (such as your body) under something else or to put something away in a specific place.
- An example of tuck is when you tuck your shirt in or put the bottom tails of your shirt into your paints so they can't be seen.
- An example of tuck is when you tuck your child in or fold the covers up over your child in bed.
- An example of tuck is when you tuck your legs under you or move them underneath your body.
- An example of tuck is when you put your passport away in a special little compartment of your purse so you don't lose it.
tuck definition by Webster's New World
- to pull up or gather up in a fold or folds; draw together so as to make shorter: to tuck up one's skirt for wading
- to sew a fold or folds in (a garment)
- to thrust the edges of (a sheet, napkin, shirt, etc.) under or in, in order to make secure: usually with up, in, etc.
- to cover or wrap snugly in or as in this way: to tuck a baby in bed
- to put or press snugly into a small space; cram; fit: to tuck shoes in a suitcase
- to put into an empty or convenient place
- to put into a secluded or isolated spot: a cabin tucked in the hills
- to put (one's legs) in the position of a tuck ()
Origin: Middle English tuken ; from Middle Dutch tucken, to tuck and amp; Old English tucian, to ill-treat, literally , to tug, akin to German zucken, to jerk: for Indo-European base see tug
- to draw together; pucker
- to make tucks
- a sewed fold in a garment, for shortening or decoration
- the part of a ship under the stern where the ends of the bottom planks meet
- a position of the body, esp. in diving, in which the knees are drawn up tightly to the chest
- Brit., Slang food; esp., sweets: used mainly by schoolchildren
- Informal plastic surgery, esp. for cosmetic reasons, in which excess skin or fat is removed from the lower abdomen, from around the eyes, etc.
Origin: French estoc ; from Old French estoquier ; from Middle Dutch stocken, to stick, pierce, poke ; from stok: see stock
Origin: Middle English tukken ; from Norman French toker, toquer, variant, variety of Old French toucher, to touch
tuck definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tucked, tuck·ing, tucks verb, transitive
- To make one or more folds in: tucked the pleats before sewing the hem.
- To gather up and fold, thrust, or turn in so as to secure or confine: She tucked her scarf into her blouse.
- a. To put in a snug spot.b. To put in an out-of-the-way, snug place: a cabin that was tucked among the pines.c. To store in a safe spot; save: tuck away a bit of lace; tuck away millions.
- a. To draw in; contract: He tucked his chin into his chest.b. Sports To bring (a body part) into a tuck position.
- The act of tucking.
- A flattened pleat or fold, especially a very narrow one stitched in place.
- Nautical The part of a ship's hull under the stern where the ends of the bottom planks come together.
- Sports a. 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.b. A position in skiing in which the skier squats while holding the poles parallel to the ground and under the arms.
- Chiefly British Food, especially sweets and pastry.
Origin: Middle English tukken, possibly from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tocken, tucken.
Origin: From Middle English tukken, to beat a drum, from Old North French toquer, to strike, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.
Origin: Perhaps from French dialectal étoc, from Old French estoc, of Germanic origin.
Origin: Origin unknown.
tuck - Phrases/Idioms
- to eat (something) heartily
- to put aside or apart, as for future use
- to pull in or contract (one's chin, stomach, etc.)
- Chiefly Brit. to eat (something) heartily