American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. A false or misleading report or story, especially if deliberately so.
- n. aeronautics A type of aircraft in which the primary horizontal control and stabilization surfaces are in front of the main wing.
- n. transport, engineering Any small winglike structure on a vehicle, usually used for stabilization.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a deliberately misleading fabrication
- From French canard ("duck"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Blog Guy, are you ever going to get over the fact that the word "canard" is duck in French, but a false rumor in English?”
“But, oh oh, looks like that little canard is already falling apart.”
“Thomas, Al, the “disinvite” canard is disingenuous - Blair House has over 100 rooms and amenities like salons and florists on site.”
“If Qwack [Duck [ 'Doc'] Hunt] or his chick-a-dees would ever read the damn thing they would know that this repeal [now defunding HCR] canard is just that – another canard.”
“It reminds me a lot of that hamburger-flipper-as-manufacturing-job canard from a couple of years ago.”
“The "anti-Semite" canard is by now old, tired and discredited, but that won't stop certain commentators on the Right from pulling it out of the dumpster and waving it in the air when it suits them.”
“However, the human rights canard is typically used for political reasons in a very different way.”
“I was lamenting the current, miniscule McCain, a man who would take a passing -- and deeply irrelevant -- acquaintanceship between Barack Obama and Ayers, and try to make it a central issue in this absolutely crucial campaign, with the accompanying canard from the Embarracuda that Obama had "palled around" with terrorists.”
“The free will canard is not a show stopper for research.”
“Throwing on the “why are you so threatened” canard is just icing on the cake. artappraiser Says:”
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you know that thing where the Eskimos have 50 words for snow?
Words formed in imitation of the sound of the things they signify.
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, or quacks like a duck, then you should probably list it here.
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