Main definitions of ruck in English

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noun

  • 1A tightly packed crowd of people.

    ‘Harry squeezed through the ruck to order another beer’
    haystack, rick, hayrick, stook, mow, haymow, barleymow
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    1. 1.1the ruck The mass of ordinary people or things.
      ‘education was the key to success, a way out of the ruck’
      • ‘When reviewing a career and analysing why someone has been successful, it is normal that you come across a few attributes that make them stand out above the ruck.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense stack of fuel, heap): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian ruke heap of hay.

Pronunciation

ruck

/rək/

Main definitions of ruck in English

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ruck2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Compress or move (cloth or clothing) so that it forms a number of untidy folds or creases.

    ‘the baby's nightgown was rucked up to his armpits’
    • ‘Their guest made a loud scoffing noise and stood up, violently pushing back his chair so that it rucked up the carpet.’
    • ‘I twisted to try and knock her hands away and ended up wincing as skin pulled and she pushed me back, rucked my shirt up a bit higher.’
    scrunch up, wrinkle, crinkle, cockle, crumple, rumple, pucker, corrugate, ruffle, screw up, crease, shrivel, furrow, crimp, gather, draw, tuck, pleat
    ruckle
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of cloth or clothing) form rucks.
      ‘Eleanor's dress rucked up at the front’
      • ‘The dress rucks up under the arms because the back strap has been attached to the wrong part of the dress.’
      • ‘The fabric is rucking up a little and not making a graceful curve because I haven't trimmed all the seams inside yet.’

noun

  • A crease or wrinkle.

    fold, groove, ridge, furrow, line, ruck, pleat, tuck, corrugation
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Origin

Late 18th century (as a noun): from Old Norse hrukka.

Pronunciation

ruck

/rək/

Main definitions of ruck in English

: ruck1ruck2ruck3

ruck3

noun

US
informal
  • A rucksack.

    ‘I barely had time to repack my ruck’
    • ‘Fortunately he had grabbed his ruck before rushing out and he had his cooking pot, but he was still forced to hunt for food.’
    • ‘Each soldier carried a rifle, along with a ruck, during the training, so the training basically replicated the mission the soldiers would be conducting.’
    • ‘Jumping with a ruck attached is just the beginning of the special instruction military free fall school teaches.’
    • ‘This includes a timed run and ruck marches over the hills.’
    • ‘Members of the unit are required to complete the 10K ruck march with 55 pounds of weight in their rucksack.’
    • ‘I've got my gear cranked down in a ruck and a duffle.’
    • ‘Everything I will have has been shoved into a ruck and a duffle.’
    • ‘Cremeans yanked his ‘hoop bivey’ [one-man tent] from his ruck and set it up.’
    • ‘With his back thanking him for removing the ruck, Delgado slowly patrolled past his teammates.’
    • ‘Despite multiple layers of plastic bags, everything in my ruck has its dusting of grime.’

Pronunciation

ruck

/rək/