from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
- n. A short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabilizer.
- n. An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A false or misleading report or story, especially if deliberately so.
- n. A type of aircraft in which the primary horizontal control and stabilization surfaces are in front of the main wing.
- n. Any small winglike structure on a vehicle, usually used for stabilization.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An extravagant or absurd report or story; a fabricated sensational report or statement; esp. one set afloat in the newspapers to hoax the public.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An absurd story or statement intended as an imposition; a fabricated story to which currency is given, as by a newspaper: a hoax.
- n. Hence A broadside cried in the streets: so called from the generally sensational nature of its contents.
- To fly or float about, or circulate as a canard or false report: as, certain stories canarding about the hotels.
- To imitate or produce the peculiar harsh cry of the duck, as an unskilled player on a wind-instrument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deliberately misleading fabrication
French, duck, canard, probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié, to sell half a duck, to swindle, from Old French quanart, duck, from caner, to cackle, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French canard ("duck"). (Wiktionary)