AskDefine | Define buck

Dictionary Definition

buck adj : of the lowest rank in a category; "a buck private"


1 a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting [syn: vaulting horse, long horse]
2 a piece of paper money worth one dollar [syn: dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill, clam]
3 United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973) [syn: Pearl Buck, Pearl Sydenstricker Buck]
4 a framework for holding wood that is being sawed [syn: sawhorse, horse, sawbuck]
5 mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)


1 to strive with determination; "John is bucking for a promotion"
2 resist; "buck the trend" [syn: go against]
3 move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: tear, shoot, shoot down, charge]
4 jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched; "the yung filly bucked" [syn: jerk, hitch]

User Contributed Dictionary



etyl ang buc


  • /bʌk/ /bVk/


  1. A male deer or goat.
  2. A male rabbit or hare.
  3. A male of other species, such as the ferret.
  4. A young buck; an adventurous or high-spirited young man.
  5. Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
  6. In the context of "US Navy": An object, often of brass, placed in rotation on a wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first.
  7. An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  8. A dollar (one hundred cents).
  9. One hundred of anything.
    The police caught me driving a buck-forty on the freeway.
  10. A black or Native American man.
  11. Hence, a fop or dandy.

Derived terms


male deer or goat
  • Finnish: uros qualifier deer, pukki qualifier goat
  • German: Bock
  • Spanish: macho cabrío , buco, gamo
male rabbit or hare
  • Finnish: uros
  • German: Bock, Rammler
  • Spanish: macho del conejo
male of other species
  • Finnish: uros, koiras
  • German: Bock, Rüde
  • Russian: самец
  • Spanish: macho
uncastrated sheep, a ram
  • Finnish: pässi
  • German: Bock, Hammel
Colloquial: dollar
  • Finnish: taala
  • Russian: бакс
one hundred of anything
  • Finnish: markka
adventurous or high-spirited young man
  • Finnish: kolli
  • German: Bock
fop or dandy
  • Finnish: markka
  • German: Bock
  • Russian: щеголь
  • Spanish: caballerete, pisaverde
blame, responsibility, scapegoating, finger-pointing
  • Finnish: musta pekka


  1. Of a horse: to rise sharply up on its front legs.
  2. Of a horse: to leap upward arching its back.
    1848: At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about — Statement by Jackey Jackey (an Aborigine) published in William Carron Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy (at Project Gutenberg Australia)
  3. By extension, to move in any sharp or jerking manner.
  4. By extension, to resist obstinately.


of a horse: to rise sharply up on its hind legs
of a horse: to leap upward arching its back
to move in any sharp or jerking manner
to resist obstinately

Extensive Definition

Buck may refer to any of the following:




Places and geographical features

See also

buck in German: Buck
buck in French: Buck
buck in Dutch: Buck
buck in Polish: Buck
buck in Swedish: Buck

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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