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duck 1

 (dŭk)
n.
1. Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet.
2. A female duck.
3. The flesh of a duck used as food.
4. Slang A person, especially one thought of as peculiar.
5. often ducks (used with a sing. verb) Chiefly British A dear.

[Middle English doke, from Old English dūce, possibly from *dūcan, to dive; see duck2.]

duck 2

 (dŭk)
v. ducked, duck·ing, ducks
v.tr.
1. To lower quickly, especially so as to avoid something: ducked his head as the ball came toward him.
2. To evade; dodge: duck responsibility; ducked the reporter's question.
3. To push (a person, for example) suddenly under water.
4. In bridge, to deliberately play a card that is lower than (an opponent's card).
v.intr.
1. To lower the head or body.
2. To move swiftly, especially so as to escape being seen: ducked behind a bush.
3. To submerge the head or body briefly in water.
4. To evade a responsibility or obligation. Often used with out: duck out on one's family.
5. In bridge, to lose a trick by deliberately playing lower than one's opponent.
n.
1. A quick lowering of the head or body.
2. A plunge under water.

[Middle English douken, to dive, possibly from Old English *dūcan; akin to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dūken.]

duck′er n.

duck 3

 (dŭk)
n.
1. A durable, closely woven heavy cotton or linen fabric.
2. ducks Clothing made of duck, especially white trousers.

[Dutch doek, cloth, from Middle Dutch doec.]

duck 4

 (dŭk)
n.
1. An amphibious military truck used during World War II.
2. An amphibious truck used in emergencies, as to evacuate flood victims. In both senses also called DUKW.

[Alteration (influenced by duck) of DUKW.]

duck

(dʌk)
n, pl ducks or duck
1. (Animals) any of various small aquatic birds of the family Anatidae, typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order Anseriformes
2. (Cookery) the flesh of this bird, used as food
3. (Zoology) the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (drake)
4. (Animals) any other bird of the family Anatidae, including geese and swans
5. informal Also: ducks Brit 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. (Cricket) cricket a score of nothing by a batsman
8. like water off a duck's back informal without effect
9. take to something like a duck to water informal to become adept at or attracted to something very quickly
[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. informal (when: intr, often foll by out) to dodge or escape (a person, duty, etc)
4. (Bridge) (intr) bridge to play a low card when possessing a higher one rather than try to win a trick
n
the act or an instance of ducking
[C14: related to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Middle Dutch dūken]
ˈducker n

duck

(dʌk)
n
(Textiles) a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave, used for clothing, tents, etc
[C17: from Middle Dutch doek; related to Old High German tuoh cloth]

duck

(dʌk)
n
(Military) an amphibious vehicle used in World War II
[C20: from code name DUKW]

duck1

(dʌk)

n., pl. ducks, (esp. collectively for 1, 2 ) duck.
1. any of numerous relatively small and short-necked web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, characterized by a broad, flat bill.
2. the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male. Compare drake.
3. the flesh of this bird, eaten as food.
4. ducks, (used with a sing. v.) Brit. Slang. ducky 2.
[before 1000; Middle English duk, doke, Old English dūce; akin to duck2]

duck2

(dʌk)

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.
v.t.
4. to lower suddenly: Duck your head down!
5. to avoid or evade (a blow, unpleasant task, etc.); dodge.
6. to plunge or dip in water momentarily.
n.
7. an act or instance of ducking.
[1250–1300; akin to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dūken, Old High German tūhhan]
duck′er, n.

duck3

(dʌk)

n.
1. a heavy plain-weave cotton fabric for tents, clothing, bags, etc.
2. ducks, (used with a pl. v.) slacks or trousers made of this.
[1630–40; < Dutch doek cloth]

duck


Past participle: ducked
Gerund: ducking

Imperative
duck
duck
Present
I duck
you duck
he/she/it ducks
we duck
you duck
they duck
Preterite
I ducked
you ducked
he/she/it ducked
we ducked
you ducked
they ducked
Present Continuous
I am ducking
you are ducking
he/she/it is ducking
we are ducking
you are ducking
they are ducking
Present Perfect
I have ducked
you have ducked
he/she/it has ducked
we have ducked
you have ducked
they have ducked
Past Continuous
I was ducking
you were ducking
he/she/it was ducking
we were ducking
you were ducking
they were ducking
Past Perfect
I had ducked
you had ducked
he/she/it had ducked
we had ducked
you had ducked
they had ducked
Future
I will duck
you will duck
he/she/it will duck
we will duck
you will duck
they will duck
Future Perfect
I will have ducked
you will have ducked
he/she/it will have ducked
we will have ducked
you will have ducked
they will have ducked
Future Continuous
I will be ducking
you will be ducking
he/she/it will be ducking
we will be ducking
you will be ducking
they will be ducking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ducking
you have been ducking
he/she/it has been ducking
we have been ducking
you have been ducking
they have been ducking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ducking
you will have been ducking
he/she/it will have been ducking
we will have been ducking
you will have been ducking
they will have been ducking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ducking
you had been ducking
he/she/it had been ducking
we had been ducking
you had been ducking
they had been ducking
Conditional
I would duck
you would duck
he/she/it would duck
we would duck
you would duck
they would duck
Past Conditional
I would have ducked
you would have ducked
he/she/it would have ducked
we would have ducked
you would have ducked
they would have ducked

duck

A score of zero by a batsman who has lost a wicket.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legsduck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
anseriform bird - chiefly web-footed swimming birds
Anatidae, family Anatidae - swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks
drake - adult male of a wild or domestic duck
quack-quack - child's word for a duck
duckling - young duck
diving duck - any of various ducks of especially bays and estuaries that dive for their food
dabbling duck, dabbler - any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling
Anas platyrhynchos, mallard - wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed
Anas rubripes, black duck - a dusky duck of northeastern United States and Canada
teal - any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
Anas penelope, widgeon, wigeon - freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals
Anas clypeata, shoveler, shoveller, broadbill - freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill
Anas acuta, pintail, pin-tailed duck - long-necked river duck of the Old and New Worlds having elongated central tail feathers
sheldrake - Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill
Oxyura jamaicensis, ruddy duck - reddish-brown stiff-tailed duck of North America and northern South America
Bucephela albeola, bufflehead, butterball, dipper - small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage
Bucephela clangula, goldeneye, whistler - large-headed swift-flying diving duck of Arctic regions
Aythya valisineria, canvasback, canvasback duck - North American wild duck valued for sport and food
Aythya ferina, pochard - heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head
Aythya americana, redhead - North American diving duck with a grey-and-black body and reddish-brown head
bluebill, scaup, scaup duck, broadbill - diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
wild duck - an undomesticated duck (especially a mallard)
Aix sponsa, summer duck, wood duck, wood widgeon - showy North American duck that nests in hollow trees
Aix galericulata, mandarin duck - showy crested Asiatic duck; often domesticated
Cairina moschata, muscovy duck, musk duck - large crested wild duck of Central America and South America; widely domesticated
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
duck down - down of the duck
duck - flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
2.duck - (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
cricket - a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs
score - a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest; "the score was 7 to 0"
3.duck - flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
duckling - flesh of a young domestic duck
4.duck - a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Verb1.duck - to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away; "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
2.duck - submerge or plunge suddenly
dive, plunge, plunk - drop steeply; "the stock market plunged"
3.duck - dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool"
dip, dunk, souse, douse, plunge - immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint"
4.duck - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
beg - dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted; "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"
quibble - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"

duck

1
verb
1. bob, drop, lower, bend, bow, dodge, crouch, stoop He ducked in time to save his head from the blow.
2. (Informal) dodge, avoid, escape, evade, elude, sidestep, circumvent, shirk, body-swerve (Scot.) He had ducked the confrontation.
3. dunk, wet, plunge, dip, submerge, immerse, douse, souse She splashed around in the pool trying to duck him.

duck

2 noun
Related words
male drake
young duckling
collective nouns paddling, team

duck

verb
1. To avoid fulfilling or answering completely:
2. To keep away from:
Idioms: fight shy of, give a wide berth to, have no truck with, keep clear of.
3. To plunge briefly in or into a liquid:
noun
The act of swimming:
Translations
بَطبطةبَطَّةبَطَّهنتيجَتُه صِفر
kachnaponořitsehnoutsehnout hlavuvyhnout
anddukkegive en dukkert
anaso
part
ankkakumartuasorsa
patkapatak
kacsa
bebek
beygja sigkaffæra, dÿfakollanúllskorönd
アヒル
오리
anas
ienirtizvairītiesnulles rezultātspīle
raţărăţoi
kačicazohnúť sa
racaskloniti se
ankaducka
เป็ด
ördekbaşını eğmekdal makdişi ördekeğilmek
грубе полотнозаглиблюватизанурюватикачкапарусина
con vịtcúitrốn

duck

1 [dʌk]
A. N (ducks or duck (pl))
1. (Orn) → pato m; (female) → pata f
wild duckpato m salvaje
to be a dead duck he's a dead duckestá quemado
that issue is a dead duckesa cuestión ya no tiene interés
to play ducks and drakeshacer saltar una piedra plana sobre el agua
to play ducks and drakes withdespilfarrar
to take to sth like a duck to watersentirse como pez en el agua en or con algo, encontrarse en seguida en su elemento con algo
see also lame D
see also water A1
2. (Cricket) → cero m
to make a duck; be out for a duck (Brit) → ser eliminado a cero
3. (= movement) (under water) → zambullida f; (to escape, avoid) → agachada f (Boxing) → finta f, esquiva f
4. (as form of address) yes, duck(s) (Brit) → sí, cariño
B. VT
1. (= plunge in water) [+ person, head] → zambullir
2. (= lower) to duck one's headagachar la cabeza
3. (= avoid) [+ problem, question] → eludir, esquivar
C. VI (also duck down) → agacharse, agachar la cabeza; (in fight) → esquivar el golpe; (under water) → sumergirse
D. CPD duck soup N (US) (fig) it's just duck soupes pan comido, es coser y cantar
duck out of VI + PREPescabullirse de

duck

2 [dʌk] N (US) → dril m

duck

[ˈdʌk]
ncanard m
like water off a duck's back → comme l'eau sur le dos d'un canard
vi (also duck down) → se baisser vivement, baisser subitement la tête
vt (= avoid) [+ blow] → esquiver; [+ decision, responsibility] → esquiver

duck

:
duckbill, duck-billed platypus
nSchnabeltier nt
duckboard
nLattenrost m
duck-egg blue
nzartes Blau

duck

:
duck shooting
nEntenjagd f
duck soup
n (US inf fig) → Kinderspiel nt (inf); to be duckein Kinderspiel sein (for für)
duckweed
nEntenflott nt, → Entengrütze f, → Wasserlinse f

duck

1
n
(bird) → Ente f; wild duckWildente f; roast duckgebratene Ente, Entenbraten m; to play ducks and drakes (Brit) → Steine (über das Wasser) springen lassen; to play ducks and drakes with something (Brit: = squander) → mit etw furchtbar aasen (inf); to take to something like a duck to waterbei etw gleich in seinem Element sein; it’s (like) water off a duck’s back to himdas prallt alles an ihm ab
(Brit, inf) = duckie
a funny-looking old duck (dated esp Brit inf) → eine komische alte Tante (inf)
(Mil inf) → Amphibienfahrzeug nt
(Cricket) he made or scored a ducker hat keinen Punkt gemacht; to be out for a duckohne Punktgewinn aus sein
vi
(also duck down)sich ducken; he ducked down out of sighter duckte sich, so dass or sodass man ihn nicht mehr sehen konnte; he ducked under the waterer tauchte (im Wasser) unter; they ducked for coversie duckten sich, um in Deckung zu gehen
he ducked out of the roomer verschwand aus dem Zimmer; she ducked out of the rainsie suchte Schutz vor dem Regen; to duck and dive or weave (also fig)Ausweichmanöver machen
vt
(= push under water)untertauchen
to duck one’s headden Kopf einziehen
(= avoid) difficult question, blow, challengeausweichen (+dat); responsibilitysich drücken vor (+dat) (inf)

duck

2
n
(Tex) → Segeltuch nt
ducks plSegeltuchhosen pl

duck

[dʌk]
1. nanatra
wild duck → anatra selvatica
she's taken to her new school like a duck to water → si è trovata subito benissimo nella nuova scuola
to play (at) ducks and drakes → tirare i sassi a fior d'acqua
2. vt (plunge in water, person, head) → spingere sotto (acqua)
to duck one's head → abbassare la testa
3. vi (also duck down) → accucciarsi; (in fight) → fare una schivata; (under water) → tuffarsi sott'acqua
duck out of vi + prep (fam) to duck out of doing sthsvignarsela per evitare di fare qc

duck1

(dak) verb
1. to push briefly under water. They splashed about, ducking each other in the pool.
2. to lower the head suddenly as if to avoid a blow. He ducked as the ball came at him.

duck2

(dak) plurals ducks ~duck noun
1. a kind of wild or domesticated water-bird with short legs and a broad flat beak.
2. a female duck. See also drake.
3. in cricket, a score of nil by a batsman. He was out for a duck.
ˈduckling (-liŋ) noun
a baby duck.

duck

بَطَّة kachna and Ente πάπια pato ankka canard patka anatra アヒル 오리 eend and kaczka pato утка anka เป็ด ördek con vịt 鸭子

duck

n. ánade, pato.
References in classic literature ?
Could swim like a duck, paddled round the castle till he came to a little door guarded by two stout fellows, knocked their heads together till they cracked like a couple of nuts, then, by a trifling exertion of his prodigious strength, he smashed in the door, went up a pair of stone steps covered with dust a foot thick, toads as big as your fist, and spiders that would frighten you into hysterics, MIss March.
Fairfax, who brought up the rear, had, with characteristic unselfishness, contented himself with a French workman's blue blouse and a pair of white duck trousers.
Suddenly some of the steam begins to advance, and, peering through it, you discern Aunt Elizabeth, Ona's stepmother--Teta Elzbieta, as they call her--bearing aloft a great platter of stewed duck.
Not a chicken or turkey or duck in the barn-yard but looked grave when they saw her approaching, and seemed evidently to be reflecting on their latter end; and certain it was that she was always meditating on trussing, stuffing and roasting, to a degree that was calculated to inspire terror in any reflecting fowl living.
As the wild duck is more swift and beautiful than the tame, so is the wild--the mallard--thought, which 'mid falling dews wings its way above the fens.
Well, all at once here comes a canoe; just a beauty, too, about thirteen or fourteen foot long, riding high like a duck.
And you, you worthless - ' he broke out as I entered, turning to his daughter-in-law, and employing an epithet as harmless as duck, or sheep, but generally represented by a dash - .
But his favorite pets were Dab-Dab the duck, Jip the dog, Gub-Gub the baby pig, Polynesia the parrot, and the owl Too-Too.
But common people like me tells lies just as a duck swims.
We'll have favourable winds, a quick passage, and not the least difficulty in finding the spot, and money to eat, to roll in, to play duck and drake with ever after.
It was high time to go, for the pool was getting quite crowded with the birds and animals that had fallen into it: there were a Duck and a Dodo, a Lory and an Eaglet, and several other curious creatures.
But before he had time to despair the girl uttered some more magic words, and immediately she herself was changed into a pond, and the Prince into a duck swimming on its surface.