- to stoop or bend suddenly; bob.
- to avoid or evade a blow, unpleasant task, etc.; dodge.
- to plunge the whole body or the head momentarily under water.
- Cards Informal. to play a card lower than the card led.
- to lower suddenly: Duck your head going through that low doorway.
- to avoid or evade (a blow, unpleasant task, etc.); dodge: to duck a hard right; to duck an embarrassing question.
- to plunge or dip in water momentarily.
- Cards Informal. to play a card lower than (the card led).
- an act or instance of ducking.
Origin of duck2
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Examples from the Web for ducked
We huddled under the covers and drank and ate and then ducked out in the dark to brush our teeth.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
When he reached me at that gathering, he ducked a question about his role by declaring: “What is important is historical truth.”Poland’s Warmed-Over Cold Warrior
May 29, 2014
As she ducked out of the Sheraton fundraiser, she met a group of women coming at her on the up escalator.How the Left Cut Down a Democratic Frontrunner
May 12, 2014
The two young brothers, aged six and seven, described how they ducked down in the back seat when the bullets started to fly.The Little Boy Mowed Down By The Mafia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 20, 2014
A woman who was sitting with the father would later tell police that she ducked down and covered her ears as he returned fire.Montana’s Real-Life Walter White
December 20, 2013
The Road-Runner ducked once or twice by way of refreshing his memory.The Trail Book
He ducked instinctively, striking upward with his cutlass as he did so.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
He appears to think that so distinguished a criminal should have been ducked in a tank of rosewater.The Devil's Dictionary
He ducked and peered into her face again, and again his face sobered.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Get out of the house, you puppy; or I'll have the servants up, and have you ducked in the horse-pond.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
- any of various small aquatic birds of the family Anatidae, typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order Anseriformes
- the flesh of this bird, used as food
- the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (drake)
- any other bird of the family Anatidae, including geese, and swans
- Also: ducks British informal dear or darling: used as a term of endearment or of general addressSee also ducky
- informal a person, esp one regarded as odd or endearing
- cricket a score of nothing by a batsman
- like water off a duck's back informal without effect
- take to something like a duck to water informal to become adept at or attracted to something very quickly
- 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
- the act or an instance of ducking
- a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave, used for clothing, tents, etcSee also ducks
- an amphibious vehicle used in World War II
Word Origin and History for ducked
waterfowl, Old English duce (found only in genitive ducan) "a duck," literally "a ducker," presumed to be from Old English *ducan "to duck, dive" (see duck (v.)). Replaced Old English ened as the name for the bird, this being from PIE *aneti-, the root of the "duck" noun in most Indo-European languages.
In the domestic state the females greatly exceed in number, hence duck serves at once as the name of the female and of the race, drake being a specific term of sex. [OED]
As a term of endearment, attested from 1580s. duck-walk is 1930s; duck soup "anything easily done" is by 1899. Duck's ass haircut is from 1951. Ducks-and-drakes, skipping flat stones on water, is from 1580s; the figurative sense of "throwing something away recklessly" is c.1600.
"strong, untwilled linen (later cotton) fabric," used for sails and sailors' clothing, 1630s, from Dutch doeck "linen cloth" (Middle Dutch doec), related to German Tuch "piece of cloth," Danish dug, Old Frisian dok, Old High German tuoh, all of unknown origin.
"to plunge into" (transitive), c.1300; to suddenly go under water (intransitive), mid-14c., from presumed Old English *ducan "to duck," found only in derivative duce (n.) "duck" (but there are cognate words in other Germanic languages, e.g. Old High German tuhhan "to dip," German tauchen "to dive," Old Frisian duka, Middle Dutch duken "to dip, dive," Dutch duiken), from Proto-Germanic *dukjan.
Sense of "bend, stoop quickly" is first recorded in English 1520s. Related: Ducked; ducking. The noun is attested from 1550s in the sense of "quick stoop;" meaning "a plunge, dip" is from 1843.
Idioms and Phrases with ducked
In addition to the idioms beginning with duck
- duck out
- duck soup
- 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