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Webster 1913 Edition


Buck

Buck

(bŭk)
,
Noun.
[Akin to LG.
büke
, Dan.
byg
, Sw.
byk
, G.
bauche
: cf. It.
bucato
, Prov. Sp.
bugada
, F.
buée
.]
1.
Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
2.
The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Buck

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Bucked
(bŭkt)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Bucking
.]
[OE.
bouken
; akin to LG.
büken
, Dan.
byge
, Sw.
byka
, G.
bauchen
,
beuchen
; cf. OF.
buer
. Cf. the preceding noun.]
1.
To soak, steep, or boil, in lye or suds; – a process in bleaching.
2.
To wash (clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.
3.
(Mining)
To break up or pulverize, as ores.

Buck

(bŭk)
,
Noun.
[OE.
buk
,
bucke
, AS.
bucca
,
bua
, he-goat; akin to D.
bok
, OHG.
pocch
, G.
bock
, Ir.
boc
, W.
bwch
, Corn.
byk
; cf. Zend
būza
, Skr.
bukka
. √256. Cf.
Butcher
,
Noun.
]
1.
The male of deer, especially fallow deer and antelopes, or of goats, sheep, hares, and rabbits.
☞ A male fallow deer is called a fawn in his first year; a pricket in his second; a sorel in his third; a sore in his fourth; a buck of the first head in his fifth; and a great buck in his sixth. The female of the fallow deer is termed a doe. The male of the red deer is termed a stag or hart and not a buck, and the female is called a hind.
Brande & C.
2.
A gay, dashing young fellow; a fop; a dandy.
The leading
bucks
of the day.
Thackeray.
3.
A male Indian or negro.
[Colloq. U.S.]
☞ The word
buck
is much used in composition for the names of antelopes; as, bush
buck
, spring
buck
.
Blue buck
.
See under
Blue
.
Water buck
,
a South African variety of antelope (
Kobus ellipsiprymnus
). See Illust. of
Antelope
.

Buck

(bŭk)
,
Verb.
I.
1.
To copulate, as bucks and does.
2.
To spring with quick plunging leaps, descending with the fore legs rigid and the head held as low down as possible; – said of a vicious horse or mule.

Buck

,
Verb.
T.
1.
(Mil.)
To subject to a mode of punishment which consists in tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
2.
To throw by bucking. See
Buck
,
Verb.
I.
, 2.
The brute that he was riding had nearly
bucked
him out of the saddle.
W. E. Norris.

Buck

,
Noun.
A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
Buck saw
,
a saw set in a frame and used for sawing wood on a sawhorse.

Buck

,
Noun.
[See
Beech
,
Noun.
]
The beech tree.
[Scot.]
Buck mast
,
the mast or fruit of the beech tree.
Johnson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Buck

BUCK

,
Noun.
Lye in which clothes are soaked in the operation of bleaching; the liquor in which clothes are washed.
1.
The cloth or clothes soaked or washed in lye.

BUCK

,
Verb.
T.
[L. imbuo, for imbuco or imbugo, to steep, tinge, imbue.] To soak or steep in lye, a process in bleaching; to wash or steep in lye or suds.

BUCK

,
Noun.
The male of the fallow deer, of the goat, the sheep,the rabbit and hare. It is applied only to the smaller quadrupeds.

BUCK

,
Verb.
I.
To copulate as bucks and does.

Definition 2021


Buck

Buck

See also: buck and bück

English

Proper noun

Buck

  1. A surname.
  2. A male given name

Plautdietsch

Noun

Buck m (plural Bucks)

  1. stomach, belly, tummy, abdomen

Derived terms

  • buckijch

buck

buck

See also: Buck and bück

English

Noun

buck (plural bucks)

  1. A male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit, hare, and sometimes the male of other animals such as the ferret and shad.
  2. (US) An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  3. A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
      Swankey of the Body Guard himself, that dangerous youth, and the greatest buck of all the Indian army now on leave, was one day discovered by Major Dobbin tête-à-tête with Amelia, and describing the sport of pig-sticking to her with great humour and eloquence []
  4. (Britain, obsolete) A fop or dandy.
    • 1808, Alexander Chalmers (editor), The Connoisseur, The British Essayists, Volume 32, page 93,
      This pusillanimous creature thinks himself, and would be thought, a buck.
    • 1825, Constantine Henry Phipps, I Zingari, The English in Italy, Volume II, page 153,
      The Captain was then a buck and dandy, during the reign of those two successive dynasties, of the first rank of the second order ; the characteristic of which very respectable rank of fashionables I hold to be, that their spurs impinge upon the pavement oftener than upon the sides of a horse.
  5. (US, dated, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
    • 2009, Carol C. Morgan, Wind in the Cotton Fields (page 460)
      Her curly red hair loose from its combs hangin' down her back and her freckled skin bare, and a big ole nigger buck was doin' things to her! He'd always known that Hootch Carter raped and killed Becky Nell, never had reason to doubt it.
  6. (US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, informal) A dollar (one hundred cents).
    Can I borrow five bucks?
    • 1873, John Morris, Wanderings of a Vagabond
      Won't yer give Jake ten bucks ter buy hisself some close, so he look nice 'mong de gemmens?
  7. (South Africa, informal) A rand (currency unit).
  8. (by extension, Australia, South Africa, US, informal) Money
    Corporations will do anything to make a buck.
  9. (US, slang) One hundred.
    The police caught me driving a buck forty on the freeway.
    That skinny guy? C'mon, he can't weigh more than a buck and a quarter.
  10. (dated) An object of various types, placed on a table to indicate turn or status; such as a brass object, placed in rotation on a US Navy wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first, or an item passed around a poker table indicating the dealer or placed in the pot to remind the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
  11. (US, in certain metaphors or phrases) Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    pass the buck; the buck stops here
  12. (Britain, dialect) The body of a post mill, particularly in East Anglia. See Wikipedia:Windmill machinery.
  13. (finance, jargon) One million dollars.
  14. (informal) A euro
  15. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
  16. A wood or metal frame used by automotive customizers and restorers to assist in the shaping of sheet metal bodywork. See Street Rodder "Making a Wood Buck".
  17. (African American Vernacular, dated, dance) Synonym of buck dance
Synonyms
Derived terms
  • sawbuck (not descended from buck, but clearly influenced by)
  • buck naked (origin uncertain)
See also
Translations

Verb

buck (third-person singular simple present bucks, present participle bucking, simple past and past participle bucked)

  1. (intransitive) To copulate, as bucks and does.

Etymology 2

From Middle Low German bucken (to bend) or Middle Dutch bucken, bocken (to bend), intensive forms of Old Saxon būgan and Old Dutch *būgan (to bend, bow), from Proto-Germanic *būganą (to bend), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ- (to bend). Cognate with German bücken (to bend, stoop), Danish bukke (to buck), Swedish bocka (to bend, buck, bow). Influenced in some senses by buck (male goat). See above. Compare bow.

Verb

buck (third-person singular simple present bucks, present participle bucking, simple past and past participle bucked)

  1. (intransitive) To bend; buckle.
  2. (intransitive, of a horse or similar saddle or pack animal) To leap upward arching its back, coming down with head low and forelegs stiff, forcefully kicking its hind legs upward, often in an attempt to dislodge or throw a rider or pack.
    • 1849, Jackey Jackey, The Statement of the Aboriginal Native Jackey Jackey, who Accompanied Mr. Kennedy, William Carron, Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy, 2004 Gutenberg Australia eBook #0201121,
      At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about, and got into the swamp.
  3. (transitive, of a horse or similar saddle or pack animal) To throw (a rider or pack) by bucking.
    • W. E. Norris
      The brute that he was riding had nearly bucked him out of the saddle.
  4. (transitive, military) To subject to a mode of punishment which consists of tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
  5. (intransitive, by extension) To resist obstinately; oppose or object strongly.
    The vice president bucked at the board's latest solution.
  6. (intransitive, by extension) To move or operate in a sharp, jerking, or uneven manner.
    The motor bucked and sputtered before dying completely.
  7. (transitive, by extension) To overcome or shed (e.g., an impediment or expectation), in pursuit of a goal; to force a way through despite (an obstacle); to resist or proceed against.
    The plane bucked a strong headwind.
    Our managers have to learn to buck the trend and do the right thing for their employees.
    John is really bucking the odds on that risky business venture. He's doing quite well.
  8. (riveting) To press a reinforcing device (bucking bar) against (the force of a rivet) in order to absorb vibration and increase expansion. See Wikipedia: Rivet:Installation.
  9. (forestry) To saw a felled tree into shorter lengths, as for firewood.
  10. (electronics) To output a voltage that is lower than the input voltage. See Wikipedia: Buck converter
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 3

See beech.

Noun

buck (plural bucks)

  1. (Scotland) The beech tree.
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Derived terms

Etymology 4

From Middle English bouken (steep in lye). Cognate with Middle High German büchen; cognate with Swedish byka, Danish byga and Low German būken.

Noun

buck

  1. lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed
  2. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.
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Verb

buck (third-person singular simple present bucks, present participle bucking, simple past and past participle bucked)

  1. To soak, steep or boil in lye or suds, as part of the bleaching process.
  2. To wash (clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.
  3. (mining) To break up or pulverize, as ores.
    • 1991, Joan Day, ‎R. F. Tylecote, The industrial revolution in metals (page 89)
      This [ore mixture] was bucked or cobbed down to a 'peasy' size (i.e. the size of a pea) or less, using a flat-bottomed bucking hammer, and then riddled into coarse peasy and finer (sand-sized) 'smitham' grades.