tuck Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “tuck” in the English Dictionary

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tuckverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /tʌk/

tuck verb [T usually + adv/prep] (TIDY)

to ​push a ​loose end of a ​piece of ​clothing or ​material into a ​particularplace or ​position, ​especially to make it ​tidy or ​comfortable: Should I tuck my ​shirt into my ​trousers? He tucked the ​bottom of the ​sheet under the ​mattress.

tuck verb [T usually + adv/prep] (STORE SAFELY)

to put something into a ​safe or ​convenientplace: Tuck ​yourgloves inyourpocket so that you don't ​lose them. She had a ​doll tucked under her ​arm. Eventually I ​found the ​certificate tucked under a ​pile of ​oldbills. Tuck ​yourchair in (= put it so that the ​seat of it is under the ​table) so that no one ​trips over it.

tuck verb [T usually + adv/prep] (BODY)

to ​holdpart of ​yourbody in a ​particularposition: Stand up ​straight, tuck ​yourtummy in and tuck ​yourbottom under. She ​sat with her ​legs tucked under her.

tuck verb [T usually + adv/prep] (HIDDEN)

be tucked (away) to be in a ​place that is ​hidden or where few ​people go: Tucked along/down this ​alley are some ​beautifuloldhouses. A ​group of ​tinybrickhouses is tucked away behind the ​factory.


uk   us   /tʌk/

tuck noun (FOLD)

[C] a ​narrowfoldsewn into something, ​especially a ​piece of ​material, either for ​decoration or to ​changeitsshape


[C] an ​operation to ​removeunwantedfat from a ​part of the ​body: a ​tummy tuck

tuck noun (FOOD)

[U] UK old-fashioned child's word food, ​especiallysweets and ​cakes: a tuck ​shop
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(Definition of tuck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tuck" in American English

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tuckverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /tʌk/

tuck verb [T always + adv/prep] (MAKE TIGHT)

to ​push the ​endsclothing or ​materialtightly into ​place: He tucked the ​sheet under the ​mattress. [M] Richard ​needs to tuck in his ​shirt. If you tuck ​part of ​yourbody, you ​hold it in a ​particularposition: She ​sat with her ​legs tucked under her. [M] Tuck ​yourtummy in.

tuck verb [T always + adv/prep] (STORE SAFELY)

to put something into a ​safe or ​convenientplace: She tucked her ​doll under her ​arm. I ​found the ​pictures tucked away in a ​box.
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