from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various wild or domesticated swimming birds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad, flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet.
- n. A female duck.
- n. The flesh of a duck used as food.
- n. Slang A person, especially one thought of as peculiar.
- n. Chiefly British A dear. Often used in the plural with a singular verb.
- transitive v. To lower quickly, especially so as to avoid something: ducked his head as the ball came toward him.
- transitive v. To evade; dodge: duck responsibility; ducked the reporter's question.
- transitive v. To push suddenly under water. See Synonyms at dip.
- transitive v. Games To deliberately play a card that is lower than (an opponent's card).
- intransitive v. To lower the head or body.
- intransitive v. To move swiftly, especially so as to escape being seen: ducked behind a bush.
- intransitive v. To submerge the head or body briefly in water.
- intransitive v. To evade a responsibility or obligation. Often used with out: duck out on one's family.
- intransitive v. Games To lose a trick by deliberately playing lower than one's opponent.
- n. A quick lowering of the head or body.
- n. A plunge into water.
- n. A durable, closely woven heavy cotton or linen fabric.
- n. Clothing made of duck, especially white trousers.
- n. An amphibious military truck used during World War II.
- n. An amphibious truck used in emergencies, as to evacuate flood victims.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
- n. Specifically, an adult female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.
- n. The flesh of a duck used as food.
- n. A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
- n. A term of endearment
- n. Dear, Mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
- n. A playing card with the rank of two.
- n. A partly-flooded cave passage with limited air space.
- n. A building intentionally constructed in the shape of an everyday object to which it is related.
- n. A marble to be shot at with another marble (the shooter) in children's games.
- n. A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
- v. To lower the head or body in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
- v. To lower (something) into water.
- v. To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
- v. To try to evade doing something.
- v. To lower the volume of (a sound) so that other sounds in the mix can be heard more clearly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pet; a darling.
- n. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.
- n. The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.
- transitive v. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw.
- transitive v. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it.
- transitive v. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion.
- intransitive v. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.
- intransitive v. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.
- n. Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ, family Anatidæ.
- n. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To plunge the head or the whole body into water and immediately withdraw; make a dip.
- To nod or bob the head suddenly; bow.
- Hence To give way; yield; cringe.
- To dip or plunge in water and immediately withdraw: as, to duck a witch or a scold.
- To lower or bend down suddenly, as in dodging a missile or an obstacle, or in saluting awkwardly: as, to duck the head.
- n. A diving inclination of the head.
- n. A lamellirostral natatorial bird of the family Anatidœ and subfamily Anatinœ or Fuligulinœ (which see).
- n. The female duck, as distinguished from the male, or drake (which see).
- n. Some webfooted bird likened to or mistaken for a duck: as, the cobbler's-awl duck (that is, the avoset).
- n. One of the stones used in playing the game of duck on drake.
- n. The velvet scoter.
- n. The surf-scoter.
- n. The ruddy duck.
- n. The female mallard.
- n. The female pintail.
- n. The harlequin.
- n. The hooded merganser. Also called water-pheasant.
- n. Specifically— The wood-duck (which see). See Aix.
- n. The garganey or summer tcal, Querquedula circia.
- n. Hence— To handle or use a thing recklessly; scatter; squander; throw into confusion: with with or of.
- n. The wood-duck or summer duck, which breeds in trees.
- n. The hooded merganser: so called from breeding in trees.
- n. A sweetheart; a darling: a word of endearment, fondness, or admiration. It is sometimes also applied to things: as, a duck of a bonnet.
- n. A strong linen fabric simply woven without twill, lighter than canvas, and used for small sails, sails for pleasure-boats, and for men's wear. Duck is usually white or unbleached, but is sometimes made in plain colors.
- n. A cotton fabric sometimes considered the second grade, for strength and durability, after double-warp (which see, under warp).
- In bridge, to lead a suit from the dealer or the dummy hand, and make no attempt to win the trick third hand, even when able to do so. See underplay.
- n. In cricket, no score; zero: short for duck's-egg (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
- v. submerge or plunge suddenly
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- n. flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
- n. small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
- v. to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
- v. dip into a liquid
- n. a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
Middle English doke, from Old English dūce, possibly from *dūcan, to dive; see duck2.
Middle English douken, to dive, possibly from Old English *dūcan; akin to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dūken.
Dutch doek, cloth, from Middle Dutch doec.
Alteration (influenced by duck1) of DUKW.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English duce (Wiktionary)
From Dutch doek, doeck ("linen cloth") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English douken, from Old English *dūcan, from Proto-Germanic *dūkanan. Akin to German tauchen ("to dive"), Dutch duiken. (Wiktionary)