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duck

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noun \ˈdək\

Definition of duck

plural ducks

  1. 1 or plural duck a :  any of various swimming birds (family Anatidae, the duck family) in which the neck and legs are short, the feet typically webbed, the bill often broad and flat, and the sexes usually different from each other in plumage b :  the flesh of any of these birds used as food

  2. 2 :  a female duck — compare drake

  3. 3 chiefly British :  darling —often used in plural but singular in construction

  4. 4 :  person, creature



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Origin of duck

Middle English duk, doke, from Old English dūce


First Known Use: before 12th century


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duck

verb

Simple Definition of duck

  • : to lower your head or body suddenly to avoid being seen or hit

  • : to lower (your head) suddenly

  • : to avoid (something, such as a punch) by lowering your head or body suddenly

Full Definition of duck

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to thrust under water

  3. 2 :  to lower (as the head) quickly :  bow

  4. 3 :  avoid, evade <duck the issue>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to plunge under the surface of water b :  to descend suddenly :  dip

  7. 2 a :  to lower the head or body suddenly :  dodge b :  bow, bob

  8. 3 a :  to move quickly b :  to evade a duty, question, or responsibility

duck·er noun

Examples of duck

  1. The ceiling was so low I had to duck.

  2. The ceiling was so low I had to duck my head.

  3. He ducked his head so they wouldn't see him.

  4. We can't afford to duck the issue any longer.

  5. They've been ducking each other for months.

  6. She ducked into a store when it started to rain.

  7. He ducked around a corner.



Origin of duck

Middle English douken; akin to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Old English dūce duck


First Known Use: 14th century


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duck

noun

Definition of duck

  1. :  an instance of ducking



1554

First Known Use of duck

1554


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duck

noun

Definition of duck

  1. 1 :  a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric

  2. 2 plural :  light clothes and especially trousers made of duck



Origin of duck

Dutch doek cloth; akin to Old High German tuoh cloth


First Known Use: 1640

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duck

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noun \ˈdək\

Medical Definition of duck

plural ducks or duck

  1. :  any of various swimming birds (family Anatidae, the duck family) in which the neck and legs are short, the feet typically webbed, the bill often broad and flat, and the sexes usually different from each other in plumage






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