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Etymology edit

14th century, from boucle

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  • IPA(key): /bu.kle/
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Verb edit


  1. (transitive) to buckle (to fasten)
  2. (transitive) to curl (make curly)
  3. (transitive, figurative) to tie up (close, finish (e.g. an affair or case))
  4. (transitive, colloquial) to shut
    • 1965, Charles Aznavour (lyrics and music), “Je te réchaufferai [I Will Warm You Up]”:
      Je fermerai fenêtres et persiennes / Je bouclerai la porte à double tour / Et en faisant une flambée, Hélène / Je te réchaufferai, je te réchaufferai
      I will close windows and shutters / I will shut the door with two turns of the key / And by making a fire, Helen / I will warm you up, I will warm you up
  5. (intransitive) to curl up (become curly)

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