Posted by R. Berg on May 16, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Tuckered out posted by ESC on May 16, 2003
: : I've just realised that when I speak I use so much Aussie slang, that many of my sentences are held together with these sayings and slang terms. Hmmm, no doubt partly attributable to my Wangaratta upbringing. I could worry about it, or I could simply not care. I'm going with the latter.
: : Anyway, the latest query I have is the term 'tuckered out' which I use reasonably often when telling someone I'm tired, exhausted or I've had enough.
: : How and where did this term originate? Why 'tuckered' out?
: From Merriam-Webster Online at http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary
: Main Entry: 2tucker
: Function: transitive verb
: Inflected Form(s): tuck·ered; tuck·er·ing /'t&-k(&-)ri[ng]/
: Etymology: obsolete English tuck to reproach + -er (as in 1batter)
: Date: 1833
: : EXHAUST -- often used with out
"Tuckered out" is or was common in the U.S.--usually applied to children, though. I don't hear it these days.