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Tuck \Tuck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tucked; p. pr. & vb. n. Tucking.] [OE. tukken, LG. tukken to pull up, tuck up, entice; akin to OD. tocken to entice, G. zucken to draw with a short and quick motion, and E. tug. See Tug.]

  1. To draw up; to shorten; to fold under; to press into a narrower compass; as, to tuck the bedclothes in; to tuck up one's sleeves.

  2. To make a tuck or tucks in; as, to tuck a dress.

  3. To inclose; to put within; to press into a close place; as, to tuck a child into a bed; to tuck a book under one's arm, or into a pocket.

  4. [Perhaps originally, to strike, beat: cf. F. toquer to touch. Cf. Tocsin.] To full, as cloth. [Prov. Eng.]


vb. (en-past of: tuck)


adj. having tucked or being tucked; "tightly tucked blankets"; "a fancy tucked shirt" [ant: untucked]

Usage examples of "tucked".

His office was in a bright blue corrugated steel shed tucked behind the offices of the governor.

Some lit up, others broke them into sections to chew with betel nut, and a few tucked them behind their ears for later.

The bed was tucked in beneath the window with a pile of Trainee Grays and linen piled atop it, the wardrobe and desk arranged on the left wall.

Lan tucked his head down and held on for dear life, his heart pounding with excitement.

Ilea continued, as her hair tickled his nose and he tucked it under his chin.

She lined her feet up on top of his and tucked her head into his shoulder, covering him from neck to toes.

Sara tucked a strand of her hair behind her ear and stepped back, gesturing for Andi to enter.

Then her hands went to her hair and she tunelessly whispered the grooming spell that tucked strands smoothly into a braid.

The token was handed over to a man, who gave it to a maid, who, heart fluttering in excitement, gave it to the lady, and then the sending was reversed, and a little silk purse was given to the maid to give to the man, who gave it to Little John, who tucked it away with a snort.

There should be space enough where the mattress lay, although I may require you to keep your feet tucked up.

She placed blankets on the ground and I laid him on them and got him straightened out, then took another blanket and tucked it close about him.

He tucked it underneath the belt and pulled the belt up tight to hold it.

Was that single sentence tucked in among the gibberish put there to fortify and reaffirm what he had written many pages back?

He pulled his green shirt out of his slacks, laid the mailer against his plump belly and tucked the shirt in again.

And so with the first faint eastern light of the fifteenth day of July, Wade Rowley came upon the memory that had been tucked away so long.