duck

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For the noun: duck
Plural form: ducks, duck

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
duck1 /dʌk/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  ducks, (esp. when thought of as a group for 1, 2. ) duck. 
  1. Birds[countable] a small, short-necked, web-footed swimming bird.
  2. Birds[countable] the female of this bird. Compare drake.
  3. the flesh of this bird, eaten as food:[uncountable]Peking duck in orange sauce.

duck2 /dʌk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to (cause to) bend suddenly, esp. in order to avoid something: [no object]When the shooting started, we ducked behind a car.[+ object]He ducked his head down as the shots rang out.
  2. to avoid, or try to escape from (an unpleasant task, etc.);
    dodge: [+ object]He's trying to duck responsibility for his actions.[+ out (+ of) + object]She ducked out the back to avoid the reporters.
  3. to plunge (the whole body or the head) momentarily under water: [no object]I ducked under the hose and washed my face.[+ object]She ducked her head under the hose and washed off.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of ducking:a quick duck to the left.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
duck1  (duk),USA pronunciation n., pl.  ducks,  (esp. collectively for 1, 2) duck. 
  1. Birdsany of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, esp. of the genus Anas and allied genera, characterized by abroad, flat bill, short legs, and depressed body.
  2. Birdsthe female of this bird, as distinguished from the male. Cf. drake1.
  3. the flesh of this bird, eaten as food.
  4. Informal Termsperson;
    individual:He's the queer old duck with the knee-length gaiters and walrus mustache.
  5. Gamesa playing marble, esp. one that is not used as a shooter.
  6. British Termsducks, (used with a sing. v.)ducky2.
  7. British Terms, Sport[Cricket Slang.]
    • failure of a batsman to score:to be out for a duck.
    • a player's score of zero:to be bowled for a duck.Cf. goose egg.
  8. Idiomswater off a duck's back, something that has little or no effect:Our criticisms of his talk rolled off him like water off a duck's back.
  • bef. 1000; Middle English duk, doke, Old English dūce diver, duck; akin to duck2

duck2  (duk),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to stoop or bend suddenly;
    bob.
  2. to avoid or evade a blow, unpleasant task, etc.;
    dodge.
  3. to plunge the whole body or the head momentarily under water.
  4. Games[Cards Informal.]to play a card lower than the card led.

v.t. 
  1. to lower suddenly:Duck your head going through that low doorway.
  2. to avoid or evade (a blow, unpleasant task, etc.);
    dodge:to duck a hard right; to duck an embarrassing question.
  3. to plunge or dip in water momentarily.
  4. Games[Cards Informal.]to play a card lower than (the card led).

n. 
  1. an act or instance of ducking.
  • 1250–1300; Middle English duken, douken; cognate with German tauchen to dive, ducken to duck
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bow, dodge.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dive, dip, souse.

duck3  (duk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Textilesa heavy, plain-weave cotton fabric for tents, clothing, bags, etc., in any of various weights and widths.
  2. Clothingducks, (used with a pl. v.) slacks or trousers made of this material.
  • Dutch doek cloth; cognate with German Tuch
  • 1630–40

duck4  (duk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Militaryan amphibious military truck.
  • alteration of DUKW, code name 1940–45, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

duck /dʌk/ n ( pl ducks, duck)
  1. any of various small aquatic birds of the family Anatidae, typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order Anseriformes
  2. the flesh of this bird, used as food
  3. the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (drake)
  4. any other bird of the family Anatidae, including geese, and swans
  5. Also: ducks Brit informal dear or darling: used as a term of endearment or of general address
    See also ducky
  6. informal a person, esp one regarded as odd or endearing
  7. a score of nothing by a batsman
  8. like water off a duck's backinformal without effect
  9. take to something like a duck to waterinformal to become adept at or attracted to something very quickly
Etymology: Old English dūce duck, diver; related to duck²
duck /dʌk/ vb
  1. to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away, esp so as to escape observation or evade a blow
  2. to submerge or plunge suddenly and often briefly under water
  3. when intr, often followed by out: informal to dodge or escape (a person, duty, etc)
  4. (intransitive) to play a low card when possessing a higher one rather than try to win a trick
n
  1. the act or an instance of ducking
Etymology: 14th Century: related to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Middle Dutch dūken

ˈducker n
duck /dʌk/ n
  1. a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave, used for clothing, tents, etc
Etymology: 17th Century: from Middle Dutch doek; related to Old High German tuoh cloth
duck /dʌk/ n
  1. an amphibious vehicle used in World War II
Etymology: 20th Century: from code name DUKW



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