Definition of tucker in English:



  • 1Australian, New Zealand informal mass noun Food.

    ‘what's the best tucker for setting you up for a job?’
    • ‘The second kind of food, bush tucker, is not as readily available.’
    • ‘For thousands of years bush tucker was the only food eaten in Australia - food that hopped, crawled, slithered or grew in a land populated entirely by indigenous people.’
    • ‘Is your research suggesting that land management, spending more time in the bush, eating bush tucker, is a serious health strategy that could really make a difference?’
    • ‘And classic Aussie tucker isn't forgotten either, if this is what you're after it's worth heading to the Roadkill cafe, a favourite with international visitors!’
    • ‘The day will feature informal workshops on face painting and wool weaving, information displays, kids activities and a BBQ of traditional tucker.’
  • 2historical A piece of lace or linen worn in or around the top of a bodice or as an insert at the front of a low-cut dress.

    ‘The way he went after that plump sister in the lace tucker, was an outrage on the credulity of human nature.’
    ‘The term tucker presumably developed because they were at first loosely tucked in to the bodice of the dress.’


[with object]informalNorth American usually be tuckered out
  • Exhaust; wear out.

    ‘he is bewildered and tuckered out with the waiting’
    • ‘Others are tuckered out and spend the day resting.’
    • ‘‘Well, we are tuckered out and couldn't figure out which bus take,’ I said.’
    • ‘Working women are more likely than their male colleagues to be tuckered out when they get home.’
    • ‘He was plumb tuckered out and very glad Charlie had talked him out of the trip to the lower pastures.’
    • ‘Toward the end of the movie, though, even they were worn out; plum tuckered by the endless repetition.’
    • ‘After half an hour of this, he was tuckered out and wandered off.’
    • ‘Once he is tuckered out his opponent will take over and win easily.’
    • ‘Eventually, he tuckered out and fell in a heap on a patch of button weed.’
    • ‘You can imagine that this leaves me somewhat tuckered out at the end of a given day.’
    • ‘Victoria noted this uncharacteristic compliance, and asked, ‘Are you all tuckered out, sweetie?’’
    • ‘The two of them were so tuckered out it didn't take much.’
    • ‘I've got to get going, I'm a bit tuckered out from a rousing game of Bridge.’
    • ‘‘She had a big day at her great-grandma's birthday party, and she's pretty tuckered out,’ Miranda said.’
    • ‘Max, always tuckered out these days, fell asleep.’
    • ‘Hearing the sound of snoring, she turned around and saw that Robert had fallen asleep, having tuckered himself out from all the excitement.’
    • ‘By late Sunday afternoon, it had started to rain, and many of us were pretty tuckered out, so this work didn't proceed as rapidly as we had hoped.’
    • ‘After the celebration, at midnight, everybody was all tuckered out and one by one, went off to bed.’
    • ‘It was still early, but the boy was tuckered after the long day of excitement.’
    • ‘They fell asleep with their mouths open on the way home, innocent and tuckered out.’
    • ‘At the two hour mark I was really getting pretty tuckered out, and began making silly mistakes.’
    tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent