quack

1
[ kwak ]
/ kwæk /

noun

the harsh, throaty cry of a duck or any similar sound.

verb (used without object)

to utter the cry of a duck or a sound resembling it.

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Origin of quack

1
1610–20; imitative; compare Dutch kwakken,German quacken

Definition for quack (2 of 2)

quack2
[ kwak ]
/ kwæk /

noun

a fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill.
a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan.

adjective

verb (used with object)

to treat in the manner of a quack.
to advertise or sell with fraudulent claims.

Origin of quack

2
First recorded in 1620–30; short for quacksalver

OTHER WORDS FROM quack

quackish, adjectivequack·ish·ly, adverbquack·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quack (1 of 2)

quack1
/ (kwæk) /

verb (intr)

(of a duck) to utter a harsh guttural sound
to make a noise like a duck

noun

the harsh guttural sound made by a duck

Word Origin for quack

C17: of imitative origin; related to Dutch kwakken, German quacken

British Dictionary definitions for quack (2 of 2)

quack2
/ (kwæk) /

noun

  1. an unqualified person who claims medical knowledge or other skills
  2. (as modifier)a quack doctor
British, Australian and NZ informal a doctor; physician or surgeon

verb

(intr) to act in the manner of a quack

Derived forms of quack

quackish, adjective

Word Origin for quack

C17: short for quacksalver
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Medical definitions for quack

quack
[ kwăk ]

n.

An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
A charlatan.

Other words from quack

quacker•y n.
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