See also: Tucker



Etymology 1Edit

tuck +‎ -er

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tucker (third-person singular simple present tuckers, present participle tuckering, simple past and past participle tuckered)

  1. (slang) To tire out or exhaust a person or animal.
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tucker (countable and uncountable, plural tuckers)

  1. (countable) One who or that which tucks.
    • 1914, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Conciliation, Arbitration, and Sanitation in the Dress and Waist Industry of New York City, Bulletin of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, No. 145, page 108,
      Nature of Grievance:
      Discrimination. Firm, after having had a long controversy with its tuckers, laid off the whole tucking department for a week. Union maintained it was a clear case cf discrimination against the tuckers on account of the recent controversy.
      Complaint of the union was sustained. Tuckers were paid the amount of money they were deprived of through being discriminated against, $158.90.
  2. (uncountable, colloquial, Australia, New Zealand) Food.
  3. (slang, dated) Work that scarcely yields a living wage.


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Etymology 2Edit

Middle English tokker (one who dresses or finishes cloth)


tucker (plural tuckers)

  1. (countable) Lace or a piece of cloth in the neckline of a dress.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, unnumbered page,
      “And, ma′am,” he continued, “the laundress tells me some of the girls have two clean tuckers in the week: it is too much; the rules limit them to one.”
      “I think I can explain that circumstance, sir. Agnes and Catherine Johnstone were invited to take tea with some friends at Lowton last Thursday, and I gave them leave to put on clean tuckers for the occasion.”
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, Good Wives, 1903, page 57,
      “Now let us go home, and never mind Aunt March to-day. We can run down there any time, and it′s really a pity to trail through the dust in our best bibs and tuckers, when we are tired and cross.”
  2. (obsolete) A fuller; one who fulls cloth.