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duck 1

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

v. ducked, duck·ing, ducks
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).
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.
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

1. A durable, closely woven heavy cotton or linen fabric.
2. ducks Clothing made of duck, especially white pants.

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

duck 4

1. An amphibious military truck used during World War II.
2. A similar vehicle used for civilian purposes, as to evacuate flood victims or for sightseeing tours. In both senses also called DUKW.

[Alteration (influenced by duck) of DUKW.]


1. an instance of being submerged under water
2. (Hunting) the hunting of wild ducks
3. ducking and diving ducking and weaving evasiveness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ducking - hunting ducksducking - hunting ducks        
hunting, hunt - the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
2.ducking - the act of wetting something by submerging itducking - the act of wetting something by submerging it
wetting - the act of making something wet


[ˈdʌkɪŋ] Nzambullida f
to give sb a duckingmeter la cabeza en el agua a algn


n (in water) → Untertauchen nt, → Tauchen nt; to give somebody a duckingjdn untertauchen or tunken


ducking and diving
n (inf)Ausweichmanöver pl; (verbal also) → Ausflüchte pl; ducking is all part of political lifeAusweichmanöver gehören zur Politik
ducking stool
n Sitz auf einem Balken, mit dem Übeltäter zur Strafe ins Wasser getaucht wurden


[ˈdʌkɪŋ] n to give sb a duckingspingere qn sott'acqua (per gioco)
References in classic literature ?
Northbury her model, Jo rashly took a plunge into the frothy sea of sensational literature, but thanks to the life preserver thrown her by a friend, she came up again not much the worse for her ducking.
I dashed at the place in which I had left her lying and over which (for the small silk counterpane and the sheets were disarranged) the white curtains had been deceivingly pulled forward; then my step, to my unutterable relief, produced an answering sound: I perceived an agitation of the window blind, and the child, ducking down, emerged rosily from the other side of it.
All fled in different directions, except Sambo, who, presuming on the favor which the keeper had to him as a licensed wag, stood his ground, ducking his head with a facetious grin, whenever the master made a dive at him.
Peggotty and Ham, ducking at me with their hats, and squeezing one another against the wall.