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Definition of "ruck" [ruck]

  • A multitude; a throng. (noun)
  • The undistinguished crowd or ordinary run of persons or things. (noun)
  • People who are followers, not leaders. (noun)
  • Sports A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball dropped by a tackled ball carrier, with each player attempting to gain possession of the ball by kicking it to a teammate. (noun)
  • Sports The mass of players during such a play. Also called loose scrum. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ruck" in a sentence
  • "Today he was great, after first quarter even in ruck duel."
  • ""We see Daniel as a medium-term ruck project for us - we certainly don't have high expectations for the coming season, but we think it could be a two-to-three year development process instead of a four-to-five year one.""
  • "What lifts Chandler above the ruck is the exquisiteness of his prose—economical yet flexible."