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Friar Tuck


Chaplain and steward of Robin Hood. Introduced by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe. He is a pudgy, paunchy, humorous, self-indulgent, and combative clerical Falstaff. His costume consisted of a russet habit of the Franciscan order, a red corded girdle with gold tassel, red stockings, and a wallet. A friar was nicknamed tuck, because his dress was tucked by a girdle at the waist. Thus Chaucer says, “Tucked he was, as is a frere about.”

“In this our spacious isle I think there is not one

But he hath heard some talk of Hood and Little John;

Of Tuck, the merry friar, which many a sermon made

In praise of Robin Hood, his outlaws, and their trade.”

Drayton: Polyolbion, s. 26.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Friar John
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Friar Tuck
Friar’s Heel
Friar’s Lanthorn
Friars [brothers]
Friars Major (Fratrēs majorēs)
Friars Minor (Fratrēs minorēs)
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