- 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.
- 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.
- 3tuck something + adv./prep. to cover somebody with something so that they are warm and comfortable She tucked a blanket around his legs. Word Origin Old English tūcian ‘to punish, ill-treat’: of West Germanic origin; related to tug. Influenced in Middle English by Middle Dutch tucken
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//