\ˈdrāk \

Definition of drake 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a male duck


biographical name
\ˈdrāk \

Definition of Drake (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Spotify put drake’s face on every playlist but told me they’d have to teach me a lesson for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Travis Scott Reportedly Requested He and Kylie Jenner Be Moved Away From Nicki Minaj at VMAs 2018," 21 Aug. 2018 The drake mallard hung around, quacking from the roofline of my neighbor’s house for a few days, and then another female appeared. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "On-deck observations from the backyard," 3 June 2018 Baetis, brown drakes, PMD’s, pheasant tail nymphs and leeches are good flies to carry. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Bait-dunkers: Warmwater species on the bite. Fly anglers: Popular fishery opens | Idaho Statesman," 25 May 2018 And, naturally, since pairing has begun, the drakes will be right alongside. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "duck hunting," 12 Jan. 2018 About 6:40 a single drake wood duck dropped over the trees and toward our decoys, but then lifted higher and out of range. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Sultry weather, moderate duck flights mark Wisconsin's north zone opener," 30 Sep. 2017 Hautman's winning painting shows a drake and hen mallard drifting in for a landing, wings extended, in the foreground with other ducks in the distance. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hautman wins 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest," 16 Sep. 2017 Hunters regularly travel from across the continent to the marshes of South Louisiana for the opportunity to kill a drake canvasback over decoys. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Canvasback to be featured species in 2018 duck-stamp competition," 6 June 2017 Their squids struggle to free themselves from jaws of king eider drakes. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "World Taxidermy Championships: Meet the barking, swimming, flying dead," 26 May 2017

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of drake

: a male duck


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: a male duck

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