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1 a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd" [syn: herd]
2 an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth) [syn: pucker] v : become wrinkled or drawn together; "her lips puckered" [syn: pucker, ruck up]

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Etymology 1

Middle English ruke



  1. A rapidly moving throng or mob; a pack of people actively engaged in something.
    1873 Dandolo was constantly in the ditch, sometimes lying with his side against the bank, and had now been so hustled and driven that, had he been on the other side, he would have had no breath left to carry his rider, even in the ruck of the hunt. — Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux, Chapter 16.
  2. The situation formed when a runner is brought to ground and one or more members of each side are enagaged above the ball, trying to win possession of it; a loose scrum.
  3. In the context of "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).
  4. A fight, a scuffle.
    1914'At last, out of the ruck rose Verman, disfigured and maniacal. With a wild eye he looked about him for his trusty rake; but Penrod, in horror, had long since thrown the rake out into the yard. Naturally, it had not seemed necessary to remove the lawn-mower. The frantic eye of Verman fell upon the lawnmower, and instantly he leaped to its handle. Shrilling a wordless war-cry, he charged, propelling the whirling, deafening knives straight upon the prone legs of Rupe Collins. Booth Tarkington, Penrod'', Chapter 23.
  5. The commonplace; the lower social classes.
    1874 He is well born." "His being higher in learning and birth than the ruck o' soldiers is anything but a proof of his worth. It shows his course to be down'ard." — Thomas Hardy, ''Far from the Madding Crowd.''

See also


  1. In the context of "obsolete|transitive": To act as a ruckman in a stoppage in Australian Rules football.

Etymology 2

Middle English, from Old Norse


  1. In the context of "transitive}} To crease or fold.

Extensive Definition

Ruck can refer to a contest for possession in different forms of football.
It may also refer to certain people:
  • Sean Price, American rapper who went by the name Ruck as a member of Heltah Skeltah
  • Alan Ruck (born 1956), American actor
  • Calvin Ruck (1925-2004), Canadian Senator, author

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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