English

Definition of tuck verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tuck

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʌk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tuck
    BrE BrE//tʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʌk//
     
    he / she / it tucks
    BrE BrE//tʌks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʌks//
     
    past simple tucked
    BrE BrE//tʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʌkt//
     
    past participle tucked
    BrE BrE//tʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʌkt//
     
    -ing form tucking
    BrE BrE//ˈtʌkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌkɪŋ//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1tuck something + adv./prep. to push, fold or turn the ends or edges of clothes, paper, etc. so that they are held in place or look neat She tucked up her skirt and waded into the river. The sheets should be tucked in neatly (= around the bed). Tuck the flap of the envelope in.
  2. 2tuck something + adv./prep. to put something into a small space, especially to hide it or keep it safe or comfortable She tucked her hair (up) under her cap. He sat with his legs tucked up under him. The letter had been tucked under a pile of papers.
  3. 3tuck something + adv./prep. to cover somebody with something so that they are warm and comfortable She tucked a blanket around his legs.
  4. Word Origin Old English tūcian ‘to punish, ill-treat’: of West Germanic origin; related to tug. Influenced in Middle English by Middle Dutch tucken ‘pull sharply’.Extra examples He tucked his jeans neatly into his boots. He tucked the map inside his shirt. She tucked the newspaper under her arm. The boys tucked their shirts in. The children were safely tucked up in bed. The loos were discreetly tucked away behind a screen of trees. a puppy with its tail tucked between its legs knees tucked tightly against her chest the pillow that was gently tucked beneath her head The sheets should be tucked in neatly. Tuck your shirt in. Phrasal Verbstuck somethingawaytuck somebody intuck in
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tuck