Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See duck4.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From a sequence of codes used by General Motors Corporation : D, 1942 (first year of production) + U, utility truck, amphibious + K, front-wheel drive + W, tandem axle.

Examples

  • The crash occurred about five to 10 minutes after the tour boat, called the DUKW 34, stopped in the river's navigation channel.

    CourierPostOnline.com - News

  • While firmly in the concept stage, the undersea yacht (or U-010 to give it its pretend-real model number) was dreamed up by the type of people who probably think the DUKW is the perfect way to get around a city.

    Gizmodo

  • That was about 10 minutes after the amphibious vessel, also called DUKW 34, had entered the river and moments after its operator stopped the vessel due to concerns over a smoking engine.

    CourierPostOnline.com - News

  • The company said its six-wheeled vehicle, capable of traveling on land and water, was based on the "classic World War II 'DUKW' amphibious design."

    Local News from Tuscaloosa News

  • The DUKW took them to a landing craft and they began vessel hopping until they finally reached the Tuscaloosa.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • He rolled nimbly off the hood to the sand beside the DUKW for cover.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Donovan and Bruce climbed onto the front hood of the DUKW for the ride to dry land.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • It looked as if he and Bruce would have to swim the last twenty yards to shore, but Donovan spotted a DUKW amphibious truck and shouted at the Duck driver to draw near.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Donovan ditched the DUKW and began to trudge inland with Bruce, hoping he could catch up with OSS agents or French guerrillas he felt sure were nearby.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Donovan walked up to the only DUKW he could see on the beach.

    Wild Bill Donovan

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