- 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.
- 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 of tuckMiddle 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.
- 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
Origin of tuckFrench estoc ; from Old French estoquier ; from Middle Dutch stocken, to stick, pierce, poke ; from stok: see stock
Origin of tuckMiddle English tukken ; from Norman French toker, toquer, variant, variety of Old French toucher, to touch
verbtucked, tuck·ing, tucks
- a. To thrust or fold the edge of so as to secure or confine: He tucked his shirt into his pants. I tucked the blanket under the mattress.b. To wrap or cover snugly, as by tucking a blanket: tucked the baby in bed.c. To make one or more folds in: tucked the pleats before sewing the hem.
- a. To put in an out-of-the-way, snug place: a cabin that was tucked among the pines.b. 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 body 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, often while holding the poles parallel to the ground and under the arms.
- Informal A cosmetic surgical procedure in which skin or fat is removed, sometimes accompanied by muscle tightening, to create a slimmer or more youthful appearance.
- Chiefly British Food, especially sweets and pastry.
Origin of tuckMiddle English tukken, possibly from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tocken, tucken.
Stefanie Boehler of Germany at the 2009 Nordic World Ski Championships
Liberec, Czech Republic
Origin of tuckFrom Middle English tukken, to beat a drum, from Old North French toquer, to strike, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.
Origin of tuckPerhaps from French dialectal étoc, from Old French estoc, of Germanic origin.
Origin of tuckOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present tucks, present participle tucking, simple past and past participle tucked)
- To pull or gather up (an item of fabric). [From 14thC.]
- To push into a snug position; to place somewhere safe or somewhat hidden. [From 1580s.]
- Tuck in your shirt.
- I tucked in the sheet.
- He tucked the $10 bill into his shirt pocket.
- (intransitive, often with "in" or "into") To eat; to consume. [From 1780s.]
- (ergative) To fit neatly.
- The sofa tucks nicely into that corner.
- Kenwood House is tucked into a corner of Hampstead Heath.
- To curl into a ball; to fold up and hold one's legs.
- The diver tucked, flipped, and opened up at the last moment.
- To sew folds; to make a tuck or tucks in.
- to tuck a dress
- To full, as cloth.
- (LGBT) To conceal one's genitals, especially by fastening them down with adhesive tape.
- Honey, have you tucked today? We don't wanna see anything nasty down there.
- (when playing scales on piano keys) To keep the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb.
- An act of tucking; a pleat or fold. [From late 14thC.]
- (sewing) A fold in fabric that has been stitched in place from end to end, as to reduce the overall dimension of the fabric piece.
- A curled position.
- (medicine, surgery) A plastic surgery technique to remove excess skin.
- (music, piano, when playing scales on piano keys) 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.
- (diving) A curled position, with the shins held towards the body.
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”) (compare also *tukkōną), 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.
- Food, especially snack food.
Old Provençal tuc (“uncooked”).