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.

Primary Meanings of tuck

1.
vn
make a tuck or several folds in
a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
2.
n
a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
3.
n
eatables (especially sweets)
Full Definitions of tuck
1

v make a tuck or several folds in

tuck the fabric”
tuck in the sheet”
Type of:
fold, fold up, turn up
bend or lay so that one part covers the other

v draw together into folds or puckers

Synonyms:
gather, pucker
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework

v fit snugly into

tuck your shirttail in”
Synonyms:
insert
Type of:
close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
surround completely

n a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place

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

n (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

Type of:
attitude, position, posture
the arrangement of the body and its limbs
2

n a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges

Synonyms:
rapier
Type of:
blade, brand, steel, sword
a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
3

n eatables (especially sweets)

Type of:
comestible, eatable, edible, pabulum, victual, victuals
any substance that can be used as food

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