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duck

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[ duhk ]
/ dʌk /
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noun, plural ducks, (especially collectively for 1, 2) duck.
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Idioms about duck

    water off a duck's back, something that has little or no effect: Our criticisms of his talk rolled off him like water off a duck's back.

Origin of duck

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English duk, doke, Old English dūce “diver, duck”; akin to duck2

Other definitions for duck (2 of 4)

duck2
[ duhk ]
/ dʌk /

verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun
an act or instance of ducking.

Origin of duck

2
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English duken, douken; cognate with German tauchen “to dive,” ducken “to duck”

Other definitions for duck (3 of 4)

duck3
[ duhk ]
/ dʌk /

noun
a heavy, plain-weave cotton fabric for tents, clothing, bags, etc., in any of various weights and widths.
ducks, (used with a plural verb) slacks or trousers made of this material.

Origin of duck

3
First recorded in 1630–40; from Dutch doek “cloth”; cognate with German Tuch

Other definitions for duck (4 of 4)

duck4
[ duhk ]
/ dʌk /

noun

Origin of duck

4
An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; by alteration
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British Dictionary definitions for duck (1 of 4)

duck1
/ (dʌk) /

noun plural ducks or duck

Word Origin for duck

Old English dūce duck, diver; related to duck ²

British Dictionary definitions for duck (2 of 4)

duck2
/ (dʌk) /

verb
to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away, esp so as to escape observation or evade a blow
to submerge or plunge suddenly and often briefly under water
(when intr, often foll by out) informal to dodge or escape (a person, duty, etc)
(intr) bridge to play a low card when possessing a higher one rather than try to win a trick
noun
the act or an instance of ducking

Derived forms of duck

ducker, noun

Word Origin for duck

C14: related to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Middle Dutch dūken

British Dictionary definitions for duck (3 of 4)

duck3
/ (dʌk) /

noun
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave, used for clothing, tents, etcSee also ducks

Word Origin for duck

C17: from Middle Dutch doek; related to Old High German tuoh cloth

British Dictionary definitions for duck (4 of 4)

duck4
/ (dʌk) /

noun
an amphibious vehicle used in World War II

Word Origin for duck

C20: from code name DUKW
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