\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce drake (audio) \

Definition of drake

: a male duck

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of drake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sketch showed a drake and hen mallard dropping into a marsh. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Aug. 2021 Pingping, who had worked on a poultry farm for two years back in China and knew how to treat sick chickens, broke the aspirin in half and inserted one piece into the drake’s mouth. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 This year's stamp features a drake lesser scaup painted by Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2021 Unquestionably, the drake wood duck is the most beautiful of all waterfowl, with the female also being more colorful than the females of other species. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 The presence of a white bar border on the speculum (found on drake mallards) varies from bird-to-bird. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 The drake dives, and Dublin swims circles around the spot, then disappears underwater. The Editors, Field & Stream, 16 Dec. 2020 Bear emerged from the water with the drake clamped in his jaws. Hal Herring, Field & Stream, 12 May 2020 Scrimshaw panels feature a flying mallard drake and hen on one side, and a retriever on the other. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, 19 Feb. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drake.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

First Known Use of drake

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drake

Middle English; akin to Old High German antrahho drake

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About drake

Time Traveler for drake

Time Traveler

The first known use of drake was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near drake

Draize test



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for drake

Cite this Entry

“Drake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drake. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for drake


\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce drake (audio) \

Kids Definition of drake

: a male duck

Drake biographical name

\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce Drake (audio) \

Definition of Drake

Sir Francis 1540(or 1543)–1596 English navigator and buccaneer

More from Merriam-Webster on drake

Nglish: Translation of drake for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!