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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruck, herdnoun

    a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things

    "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd"

  2. pucker, rucknoun

    an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)

  3. pucker, ruck, ruck upverb

    become wrinkled or drawn together

    "her lips puckered"


  1. ruck

    A ruck is primarily defined in three ways, based on the context: 1) In the sport of rugby, it refers to a specific situation when the ball is on the ground and one or more players from each team who are on their feet close around it. 2) In a military context, ruck is short for rucksack, a large bag carried by soldiers on their back. 3) More colloquially, it can refer to a minor riot or a large fight, often among a crowd or mass of people. A ruck can also sometimes mean a heated argument or a state of disorder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rucknoun

    a roc

  2. Ruck

    to draw into wrinkles or unsightly folds; to crease; as, to ruck up a carpet

  3. Ruckverb

    a wrinkle or crease in a piece of cloth, or in needlework

  4. Ruckverb

    to cower; to huddle together; to squat; to sit, as a hen on eggs

  5. Rucknoun

    a heap; a rick

  6. Rucknoun

    the common sort, whether persons or things; as, the ruck in a horse race

  7. Etymology: [Icel. hrukka. Cf. Ruck, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruck

    ruk, n. a wrinkle, fold, or crease.—v.t. to wrinkle, to crease: to annoy, ruffle.—v.i. to have a folded, wrinkled, or ridgy surface. [Ice. hrukka, a wrinkle.]

  2. Ruck

    ruk, v.i. to squat: to crouch down: to cower: to huddle together.—v.t. to perch, to roost.

  3. Ruck

    ruk, n. a crowd: a press: the common run: trash, nonsense.—v.t. to gather in heaps. [Prob. Scand.; Old Sw. ruka, a heap.]

  4. Ruck

    ruk, n. a small heifer.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RUCK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ruck is ranked #14458 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ruck surname appeared 2,066 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ruck.

    88.6% or 1,831 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 96 total occurrences were Black.
    4.3% or 89 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruck in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ruck in a Sentence

  1. Staff Sgt. Raven Barbieri:

    They ask, ‘How do I pack my ruck better?’.

  2. Staff Sgt. Raven Barbieri:

    They want to know how to run faster, they ask, ‘How do I pack my ruck better?’.

  3. Fabien Galthie:

    The French defence was determination, but not just that. The French defence was also the result of a lot of technical work about positioning around the ruck, we’re coming out of this game frustrated, we had the keys to the match, but we’re proud.

  4. Kay Ivey:

    We must put a greater focus on preventing veteran suicide and on supporting these brave men and women after they return home, which is why I am so proud of the efforts of our student veterans embarking on Operation Iron Ruck, our military men and women put it all on the line to ensure our freedoms, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. Alabama will always stand behind our veterans.

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    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
    A witness
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