Adjective "buck" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


The male of some horned animals, especially the fallow deer, roe deer, reindeer, and antelopes.
  1. 'In a year as magical as this one, impressive bucks are scattered throughout the state, but those animals won't be easy to see just now.'
  2. 'In central Iowa, purebred bucks and does cost $500 or more per animal.'
  3. 'They had red skin, and small horns like a buck's newly sprouting antlers.'
  4. 'Even at the tail end of the season, we were seeing numerous herds of 20 or more antelope marshaled by some very fine quality herd bucks.'
  5. 'Just about 15 minutes ago, we're told a white deer - a white buck - was tranquilized and is now being brought for medical treatment.'
  6. 'Hunters selectively cull the does to make more forage available for the bucks.'
  7. 'They require no hanging, and the meat is pale and tender; that of does is considered better than that of bucks (males).'
  8. 'I saw a beautiful dark-horned buck standing with a doe on a sun-splashed, frost-sparkled flat near the edge of a canyon.'
  9. 'The double trigger setup on the Mountain Rifle allows for a quick shot by simply pulling the front trigger should a whitetail buck break cover in front of the hunter.'
  10. 'Some places base the cost of a deer hunt on the size of a buck's antlers - the bigger the antlers, the more the hunt costs.'
  11. 'Buck hares are wild frolickers in March, their breeding season, which has made them a synonym for lunacy for centuries.'
  12. 'During my North Cotswold Mastership, I made Butler, the terrier man, carry a huge white buck ferret on his bicycle, and very useful he proved to be.'
  13. 'Apart from a long list of game in the park which includes giraffe, zebra, hippos, warthogs and a large variety of buck, the park is home to thousands of cycads of all sorts and sizes.'
  14. 'Animals on the farm include wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and numerous types of buck.'
  1. 'We would be made to do all the usual humiliating routines of trying to climb the ropes, balance on beams, hang upside down on the wall bars and on occasion, vault over a ‘horse’ or ‘buck’.'
A vertical jump performed by a horse, with the head lowered, back arched, and back legs thrown out behind.
  1. 'I plunged into a rage of bucks, kicks, rears, jumps, and twists.'
  2. 'Quinn's horse went into a gallop, followed by a small buck.'
  3. 'About 10 minutes into the lesson he did one of his handstand bucks and sent me flying towards the floor.'
A fashionable and spirited young man.
  1. 'For many of the young bucks in their scarlet tunics, what starts as a great imperial adventure ends in either a squalid death or captivity.'
  2. 'That old cliche of a blend of young bucks and seasoned campaigners was there in abundance.'
  3. 'When the boss is gone, the young bucks want to move up and take over.'


(of a horse) to perform a buck.
  1. with object 'she bucked them off if they tried to get on her back'
  2. 'Suddenly, his horse bucked and Henry nearly fell off.'
  3. 'When the horse bucks you, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get right back on.'
  4. 'Sarah mounted a horse and it bucked, throwing her into the air.'
  5. 'Yes, I rode a horse, got bucked off and that was the last time I will ever get near a horse.'
  6. 'The horse was small, but it was sturdy, and it suddenly started bucking and plunging in a manner that would have done a bronco proud.'
  7. 'His hair stood on end, as if he'd been running his hands through it; ink stained one finger; and he had the wild-eyed look of a horse about to start bucking.'
  8. 'The startled horse bucked again and let out a whinny as the rider held tight to the reigns and tugged back.'
  9. 'The gelding had almost bucked her off several times, and all we had done was walk and trot.'
  10. 'Unfortunately, the horse bucked and she was thrown to the ground.'
  11. 'Croft's horse bucked; Croft tugged on the reins and backed away.'
  12. 'The raft bucked to one side, and for one terrible moment it seemed that it would spill all the way over.'
  13. 'As the bullets chewed through the surface each helicopter bucked as it took the weight of the shell, and Paul uttered a brief murmur to himself as their car accelerated toward the gate, hoping the helicopters could take the load.'
  14. 'He forgot his musing when the Blue Horizon banked to the starboard and then suddenly bucked upward.'
  15. 'At that moment the ship bucked and smashed over to one side.'
  16. 'As I pushed the bike closer to the limit a problem emerged: even though the suspension was working as hard as it could, the bike began to buck beneath me.'
  17. 'The ship shuddered and bucked but no damage was taken.'
  18. 'The truck bucked violently as the shock wave slammed against it, and Ian was pelted with small stones and dust, first from behind, then a split second later from the opposite direction.'
  19. 'But then the ship bucked as missiles rained from above.'
  20. 'The tall ship bucked hard to the side, then back down again.'
  21. 'An instant later several more bursts of fire followed, and the ship bucked into the air and then smashed back down, its landing struts sheering off completely.'
Oppose or resist (something oppressive or inevitable)
  1. 'However, the one market niche bucking the downward trend this year has been that catering for first-time buyers.'
  2. 'Prices at the top end of the central-London market continue to rise slightly, bucking the national trend.'
  3. 'While the number of people participating in more traditional forms of organised sport continues to decline, this trend is being bucked in dramatic style by the level of interest in the many new events that veer from the mainstream.'
  4. 'But Google, until today, surprised many by bucking the market trends for so long.'
  5. 'European bourses ended the week in the red yesterday, but the Irish market bucked the trend managing to stay ahead throughout the day's trading.'
  6. 'Which means now is the perfect time to buck the trend and get in while the market is at a pricing low.'
  7. 'But whenever coaches buck conventional wisdom, they face intense scrutiny from reporters and fans.'
  8. 'Three debutants on Hong Kong bourses bucked the general market trend yesterday that saw the Hang Seng Index plunge for a second day to end down 1.5 per cent.'
  9. 'But despite the market hurdles they face, some small brewers are bucking the trend.'
  10. 'However sales of MG models were up 10% to 9,540 - bucking the market trend which saw overall sales down by more than 7%.'
Make or become more cheerful.
  1. no object 'buck up, kid, it's not the end of the game'
  2. 'Our spirits were bucked up a little by seeing a third work stashed away behind a wall called Square, a video piece that documented people having their photos taken in Tiananmen Square.'
  3. 'The cartoons are little morality plays aimed at bucking up the national will, putting steel in the spine, gently guiding the reluctant towards their duties.'
  4. 'He has at last loftily declared his extremely qualified support for Charlie - providing the laddie bucks up.'
  5. 'A new, comfortingly rich deal with EMI bucked them up no end, apparently.'
  6. 'We're hoping to get a bit of gardening in tomorrow and, if so, the fresh air and gentle exercise will buck me up no end.'
  7. 'He visited the far-flung corners of his empire, bucking up his troops but also stamping out incipient rebellions.'
  8. 'Whenever anyone felt down, she would buck them up with cheery word.'
  9. 'Much worse may yet come to trouble Airdrie as they scramble to safeguard their long-term future, but they will not have top-tier football to help them, barring a bucking up of form on their part and a bit more bungling by the men from Maryhill.'
  10. 'He bucks you up and tutors you and guides you and mentors you.'
  11. 'So even though I bucked up as the evening went on and the air cleared, it's been a less than pleasant day.'


Lowest of a particular rank.
  1. 'In 1954, I became a Ph.D. in mathematics and a buck private in the Army.'
  2. 'I was a buck private, private first class, sergeant, staff sergeant, first sergeant, and then I became a second lieutenant.'


An article placed as a reminder in front of a player whose turn it is to deal at poker.
  1. 'Poker and politics have often been intertwined. Harry Truman had his own presidential poker chips, and the "buck" which stopped at his desk is also from the game.'


1. the male of the deer, antelope, rabbit, hare, sheep, or goat.

2. the male of certain other animals, as the shad.

3. an impetuous, dashing, or spirited man or youth.

4. Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to an American Indian male or a black male.

5. buckskin.

6. bucks, casual oxford shoes made of buckskin, often in white or a neutral color. adjective

7. Military. of the lowest of several ranks involving the same principal designation, hence subject t

More examples(as adjective)

"trends can be buck."

"consultants can be buck."

"ups can be buck."

"topologies can be buck."

"sentiments can be buck."

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(buck)Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.


the buck stops here (or with someone)
pass the buck