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Definition ruck

Etymology 1

Middle English ruke

Noun

ruck (plural rucks)

  1. A throng or crowd of people or things; a mass, a pack. [from 16th c.]
  2. (Australian Rules Football) Contesting a bounce or ball up; used appositionally in "ruck contest". Rucks also used collectively either of ruckmen or of ruckmen and ruck rovers, and occasionally used in place of "followers" (including rovers too). [from 19th c.]
  3. (rugby union) The situation formed when a player carrying the ball is brought to the ground and one or more members of each side are engaged above the ball, trying to win possession of it; a loose scrum. [from 20th c.]
  4. The common mass of people or things; the ordinary ranks. [from 19th c.]
Verb

ruck (third-person singular simple present rucks, present participle rucking, simple past and past participle rucked)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To act as a ruckman in a stoppage in Australian Rules football.
  2. (transitive, rugby union) To contest the possession of the ball in a ruck.

Etymology 2

1780, from Old Norse hrukka (“wrinkle, crease”), from Proto-Germanic *hrunkijō, *hrunkitō (“fold, wrinkle”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Akin to Icelandic hrukka (“wrinkle, crease, ruck”), Old High German runza (“fold, wrinkle, crease”), German Runzel (“wrinkle”), Middle Dutch ronse (“frown”). More at frounce. Possibly related to Irish roc.

Verb

ruck (third-person singular simple present rucks, present participle rucking, simple past and past participle rucked)

  1. (transitive) To crease or fold.
  2. (intransitive) To become folded.
Noun

ruck (plural rucks)

  1. A crease, a wrinkle, a pucker, as on fabric.

Etymology 3

Compare Danish ruge (“to brood, to hatch”).

Verb

ruck (third-person singular simple present rucks, present participle rucking, simple past and past participle rucked)

  1. (Britain, dialectal, obsolete) To cower or huddle together; to squat; to sit, as a hen on eggs.

Etymology 4

Noun

ruck (plural rucks)

  1. Obsolete form of roc.

Etymology 5

From German Rucksack (“backpack”); rücken (“to move, to push”).

Noun

ruck (plural rucks)

  1. (slang, especially military) A rucksack; a large backpack.
Verb

ruck (third-person singular simple present rucks, present participle rucking, simple past and past participle rucked)

  1. To carry a backpack while hiking or marching.

Etymology 6

Noun

ruck (plural rucks)

  1. A small heifer.


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