duck
I. noun (plural ducks) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English duk, doke, from Old English dūce Date: before 12th century 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 sing. in constr. 4. person, creature II. verb Etymology: Middle English douken; akin to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Old English dūce duck Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to thrust under water 2. to lower (as the head) quickly ; bow 3. avoid, evade <
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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 III. noun Date: 1554 an instance of ducking IV. noun Etymology: Dutch doek cloth; akin to Old High German tuoh cloth Date: 1640 1. a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric 2. plural light clothes and especially trousers made of duck

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  • Duck — Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the former… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • duck — Ⅰ. duck [1] ► NOUN (pl. same or ducks) 1) a waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait. 2) the female of such a bird. Contrasted with DRAKE(Cf. ↑drake). 3) (also ducks) Brit. informal …   English terms dictionary

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  • duck — duck1 [duk] n. [ME doke < OE duce, lit., diver, ducker < base of * ducan, to plunge, dive (see DUCK2); replaces OE ened (akin to Ger ente), common Gmc word for the bird ] 1. pl. ducks or duck any of a large number of relatively small… …   English World dictionary

  • Dück — ist der Name folgender Personen: Alexander Dück (* 1980), deutscher Eishockeyspieler Anton von Dück (1801–1866), österreichischer Kaufmann und Politiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Duck — (d[u^]k), v. i. 1. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip. [1913 Webster] In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To drop the head or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duck — (d[u^]k), n. [Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG. doccha, G. docke. Cf. {Doxy}.] A pet; a darling. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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