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duck

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noun, often attributive \ ˈdək \

Definition of duck

plural ducks
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 :a female duck — compare drake
3 chiefly British :darling often used in plural but singular in construction

Illustration of duck

Origin and Etymology of duck

Middle English duk, doke, from Old English dūce


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duck

verb

Definition of duck

transitive verb
1 :to thrust under water
2 :to lower (the head, the body, etc.) quickly :bow
3 :avoid, evade
  • duck the issue
intransitive verb
1 a :to plunge under the surface of water
b :to descend suddenly :dip
2 a :to lower the head or body suddenly :dodge
b :bow, bob
3 a :to move quickly
b :to evade a duty, question, or responsibility

ducker

noun

Examples of duck in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of duck

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


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duck

noun

Definition of duck

:an instance of ducking

First Known Use of duck

1554


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duck

noun

Definition of duck

1 :a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric
2 ducks plural :light clothes and especially trousers made of duck

Origin and Etymology of duck

Dutch doek cloth; akin to Old High German tuoh cloth

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DUCK Defined for English Language Learners

duck

verb

Definition of duck for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DUCK Defined for Kids

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duck

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noun \ ˈdək \

Definition of duck for Students

:a swimming bird that has a broad flat bill and is smaller than the related goose and swan

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duck

verb

Definition of duck for Students

ducked; ducking
1 :to push under water for a moment
  • The swan ducked its head.
2 :to lower the head or body suddenly
  • You have to duck through the doorway.
3 :to avoid by moving quickly
  • He ducked the punch.
4 :to avoid a duty, question, or responsibility Let's duck out of work early.

Medical Dictionary

duck

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noun \ ˈdək \

medical Definition of duck

plural ducks or duck
: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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