duck

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

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

Definition for ducks (2 of 4)

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
SYNONYMS FOR duck

Definition for ducks (3 of 4)

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

Definition for ducks (4 of 4)

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 ducks (1 of 5)

ducks

/ (dʌks) /

pl n

clothing made of duck, esp white trousers for sports

British Dictionary definitions for ducks (2 of 5)

duck

1
/ (dʌk) /

noun plural ducks or duck

Word Origin for duck

Old English dūce duck, diver; related to duck ²

British Dictionary definitions for ducks (3 of 5)

duck

2
/ (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 Formsducker, noun

Word Origin for duck

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

British Dictionary definitions for ducks (4 of 5)

duck

3
/ (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 ducks (5 of 5)

duck

4
/ (dʌk) /

noun

an amphibious vehicle used in World War II

Word Origin for duck

C20: from code name DUKW
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Idioms and Phrases with ducks

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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