duck

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


Nearby words

  1. duchess potatoes,
  2. duchesse,
  3. duchesse bed,
  4. duchesse brisée,
  5. duchy,
  6. duck and drake,
  7. duck hawk,
  8. duck on a rock,
  9. duck out,
  10. duck press

Idioms

    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
before 1000; Middle English duk, doke, Old English dūce diver, duck; akin to duck2

duck

2
[ duhk ]
/ dʌk /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

an act or instance of ducking.

Origin of duck

2
1250–1300; Middle English duken, douken; cognate with German tauchen to dive, ducken to duck

duck

3
[ 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
1630–40; < Dutch doek cloth; cognate with German Tuch

duck

4
[ 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

duck

1
/ (dʌk) /

noun plural ducks or duck

Word Origin for duck

Old English dūce duck, diver; related to duck ²

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 Formsducker, noun

Word Origin for duck

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

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

noun

an amphibious vehicle used in World War II

Word Origin for duck

C20: from code name DUKW

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Word Origin and History for duck
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Idioms and Phrases with duck

duck

In addition to the idioms beginning with duck

  • duck out
  • duck soup

also see:

  • dead duck
  • get one's ducks in a row
  • lame duck
  • like water off a duck's back
  • sitting duck
  • take to (like a duck to water)
  • ugly duckling
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