tuck

To tuck is to fold, gather, or insert, like the way you tuck your sheets under your mattress when you make the bed in the morning or the way you tuck your lucky stuffed unicorn into your backpack on the day of a big test.

You can tuck your shirt into your waistband, and tuck your jeans into your cowboy boots. You can also tuck a child into bed or tuck your book under your arm to carry it. The verb tuck can also be used informally to mean "eat with gusto," like when you tuck into a giant bowl of spaghetti.

Definitions of tuck
  1. verb
    make a tuck or several folds in
    tuck the fabric”
    tuck in the sheet”
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    type of:
    fold, fold up, turn up
    bend or lay so that one part covers the other
  2. verb
    draw together into folds or puckers
    synonyms: gather, pucker
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    type of:
    run up, sew, sew together, stitch
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
  3. verb
    fit snugly into
    tuck your shirttail in”
    synonyms: insert
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    type of:
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  4. noun
    a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
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    types:
    dart
    a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
    type of:
    plait, pleat
    any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
  5. noun
    (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
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    attitude, position, posture
    the arrangement of the body and its limbs
  6. noun
    a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
    synonyms: rapier
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    type of:
    blade, brand, steel, sword
    a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
  7. noun
    eatables (especially sweets)
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    type of:
    comestible, eatable, edible, pabulum, victual, victuals
    any substance that can be used as food
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