Duck Duck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ducked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ducking}.] [OE. duken, douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken, OHG. t?hhan, MHG. tucken, t["u]cken, t?chen, G. tuchen. Cf. 5th {Duck}.] 1. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw. [1913 Webster]

Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub. --Fielding. [1913 Webster]

2. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy. [1913 Webster]

3. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion. `` Will duck his head aside.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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