Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sport of shooting wild ducks.
  • noun The act of plunging or the being plunged into water: as, to get a ducking.
  • noun The act of bowing stiffly or awkwardly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • n. & a., from duck, v. t. & i.
  • a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied, and plunged into water, as a punishment. See Cucking stool. The practice of ducking began in the latter part of the 15th century, and prevailed until the early part of the 18th, and occasionally as late as the 19th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of duck.
  • noun uncountable The action of the verb to duck.
  • noun countable An instance of ducking (a person in water, etc).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hunting ducks
  • noun the act of wetting something by submerging it

Etymologies

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Examples

  • In fairness, you do seem to be spending a lot of energy in ducking the further clarification.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Catholics and Jews?

  • * OTB ducking from the flying projectiles coming her way* LOL

    Twilight Lexicon » LA Times: What Bill Condon Brings to Twilight

  • I don't understand, if the remark that was made by the Obama camp on Mccain ducking a gun, Obama would be toast by now.

    Huckabee says he'd like to be McCain's running mate

  • I wonder what people will say about Mr Duckabee and McCain ducking from OBAMA.

    Rove slams Obama over 'bitter' comments, flag pin

  • Nor does he have any sense of how his deployment of an aphorism about courage jars with his own personal conduct in ducking an election and a referendum in short order and his wider reputation for personal and political cowardice.

    Archive 2007-10-14

  • Nor does he have any sense of how his deployment of an aphorism about courage jars with his own personal conduct in ducking an election and a referendum in short order and his wider reputation for personal and political cowardice.

    Whistling In The Ether

  • Bush and other worshippers of big business by Gary Denson on Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at 9: 03: 25 AM very funny ... by Mr M on Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at 11: 01: 29 AM don't misunderestimate the man by Josh Mitteldorf on Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at 11: 22: 00 AM its called ducking and weaving by Andris on Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at 4: 20: 03 PM

    Bush Startlingly Inept in Answering Question About Military Contractor Accountability

  • It’s a bleak little work, not unexpectedly — Keaton scurries rodent-like by city walls, his porkpie hat in place but his face scarved and averted, ducking from the glances of passersby and pausing only to take his own pulse.

    The Existential Clown

  • It’s a bleak little work, not unexpectedly — Keaton scurries rodent-like by city walls, his porkpie hat in place but his face scarved and averted, ducking from the glances of passersby and pausing only to take his own pulse.

    The Existential Clown

  • It all started when Senator Clinton recalled ducking to avoid a potential sniper fire when she visited war-torn Bosnia in 1996 as first lady.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2008

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  • Thats not what I typed, ducking autocorrect.

    September 15, 2015