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tuck 1

v. tucked, 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.
To make tucks.
1. The act of tucking.
2. A flattened pleat or fold, especially a very narrow one stitched in place.
3. Nautical The part of a ship's hull under the stern where the ends of the bottom planks come together.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Chiefly British Food, especially sweets and pastry.
Phrasal Verbs:
tuck away (or into) 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.

[Middle English tuken, possibly from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tocken, tucken.]

tuck 2

A beat or tap, especially on a drum.

[From Middle English tukken, to beat a drum, from Old North French toquer, to strike, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.]

tuck 3

n. Archaic
A slender sword; a rapier.

[Perhaps from French dialectal étoc, from Old French estoc, of Germanic origin.]

tuck 4

n. Archaic
Energy; vigor.

[Origin unknown.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tucked - having tucked or being tuckedtucked - having tucked or being tucked; "tightly tucked blankets"; "a fancy tucked shirt"
untucked - lacking tucks or not being tucked; "the sheet came untucked"; "plain untucked shirt front"
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References in classic literature ?
Having come to the ford, he girded up his robes about his loins, tucked his good broadsword beneath his arm, and stooped his back to take Robin upon it.
'There now,' he said addressing himself no longer to the cook but the girdle, as he tucked the ends in at the waist, 'now you won't come undone!' And working his shoulders up and down to free his arms, he put the coat over his sheepskin, arched his back more strongly to ease his arms, poked himself under the armpits, and took down his leather-covered mittens from the shelf.
As if aware of her danger, the wolf turned her eyes on Karay, tucked her tail yet further between her legs, and increased her speed.
Anne was eventually tucked in, exchanging amused smiles with herself during the process.
Yes, we became very wakeful; so much so that our recumbent position began to grow wearisome, and by little and little we found ourselves sitting up; the clothes well tucked around us, leaning against the head-board with our four knees drawn up close together, and our two noses bending over them, as if our knee-pans were warming-pans.
I felt as I imagine a husband may feel on a solitary holiday--if there are husbands unnatural enough to go holidaying without their wives--pleasantly conscious of a home tucked somewhere beneath the distant sunset, yet in no precipitate hurry to return there before the appointed day.