drake

1
[dreyk]
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noun

a male duck.Compare duck1(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. drainless,
  2. drainpipe,
  3. drainpipes,
  4. drainspout,
  5. draize test,
  6. drake fly,
  7. drake passage,
  8. drake, joseph rodman,
  9. drake, sir francis,
  10. drakensberg

Origin of drake

1
1250–1300; Middle English; cognate with Low German drake, dialectal German drache; compare Old High German antrahho, anutrehho male duck

drake

2
[dreyk]

noun

a small cannon, used especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Archaic. a dragon.

Origin of drake

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English draca < Latin dracō dragon

Drake

[dreyk]

noun

Sir Francis,c1540–96, English admiral and buccaneer: sailed around the world 1577–80.
Joseph Rod·man [rod-muh n] /ˈrɒd mən/, 1795–1820, U.S. poet.
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British Dictionary definitions for drake

drake

1

noun

the male of any duck

Word Origin for drake

C13: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Dutch andrake, Old High German antrahho

noun

angling an artificial fly resembling a mayfly
history a small cannon
an obsolete word for dragon

Word Origin for drake

Old English draca, ultimately from Latin dracō dragon

Drake

noun

Sir Francis. ?1540–96, English navigator and buccaneer, the first Englishman to sail around the world (1577–80). He commanded a fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588) and contributed greatly to its defeat
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Word Origin and History for drake
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