Buck - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bʌk|  American pronunciation of the word buck
Brit.  |bʌk|  British pronunciation of the word buck


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


- to strive with determination
John is bucking for a promotion
- resist
buck the trend
- move quickly and violently (syn: charge, shoot, shoot down, tear)
- jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched (syn: hitch, jerk)
the yung filly bucked

Extra examples

...the car bucked and stalled...

...bucked the trend to outdo everyone else and just wore the same clothes they had in previous years...

The white horse got over the ground in bucks like a rabbit.

I've a mind to have a buck at this new rush myself.

It is wasted time and energy to try to buck any legitimate movement.

He's afraid some of us will want to borrow a few bucks.

He owes me ten bucks.

The movie is about a group of men trying to make a buck (=earn some money) as male strippers.

Using celebrities in advertising is guaranteed to pull in big bucks.

The plane bucked sharply.

He was a rebel who bucked the system (=opposed rules or authority).

Unemployment in the area has bucked the trend by falling over the last month.

Initially he had bucked against her restraints.

He was bucked by the success he'd had.

She gave me a tonic which bucked me a little.

Phrasal verbs

buck up  — gain courage

Word forms

I/you/we/they: buck
he/she/it: bucks
present participle: bucking
past tense: bucked
past participle: bucked
singular: buck
plural: bucks
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