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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.]
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.]
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.]
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.
1. an instance of being submerged under water
2. (Hunting) the hunting of wild ducks
3. ducking and diving ducking and weaving evasiveness
n (in water) → Untertauchen nt, → Tauchen nt; to give somebody a ducking → jdn untertauchen or tunken
ducking and diving
n Sitz auf einem Balken, mit dem Übeltäter zur Strafe ins Wasser getaucht wurden