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Princeton's WordNet

  1. duck(noun)

    small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

  2. duck, duck's egg(noun)

    (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman

  3. duck(noun)

    flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

  4. duck(verb)

    a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

  5. duck(verb)

    to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away

    "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"

  6. duck(verb)

    submerge or plunge suddenly

  7. dip, douse, duck(verb)

    dip into a liquid

    "He dipped into the pool"

  8. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep(verb)

    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"


  1. Duck(ProperNoun)

    A surname.

  2. Origin: From douken, from *, from dūkanan. Akin to German tauchen, Dutch duiken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duck(noun)

    a pet; a darling

  2. Duck(noun)

    a linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing

  3. Duck(noun)

    the light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates

  4. Duck(verb)

    to thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw

  5. Duck(verb)

    to plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy

  6. Duck(verb)

    to bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion

  7. Duck(verb)

    to go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip

  8. Duck(verb)

    to drop the head or person suddenly; to bow

  9. Duck(verb)

    any bird of the subfamily Anatinae, family Anatidae

  10. Duck(verb)

    a sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water

  11. Origin: [OE. duken, douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken, OHG. thhan, MHG. tucken, tcken, tchen, G. tuchen. Cf. 5th Duck.]


  1. Duck

    Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the Anatidae family; they do not represent a monophyletic group but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Duck

    duk, n. a kind of coarse cloth for small sails, sacking, &c. [Dut. doeck, linen cloth; Ger. tuch.]

  2. Duck

    duk, v.t. to dip for a moment in water.—v.i. to dip or dive: to lower the head suddenly: to cringe, yield.—n. a quick plunge, dip: a quick lowering of the head or body, a jerky bow.—ns. Duck′er, one who ducks: a diving-bird; Duck′ing; Duck′ing-pond; Duck′ing-stool, a stool or chair in which scolds were formerly tied and ducked in the water as a punishment. [A.S. dúcan, to duck, dive; Ger. tauchen, Dut. duiken.]

  3. Duck

    duk, n. name given to any member of the family Anatidæ, the prominent marks of which are short webbed feet, with a small hind-toe not reaching the ground, the netted scales in front of the lower leg, and the long bill: the female duck as distinguished from the male drake: in cricket (originally duck's egg), the zero (0), which records in a scoring-sheet that a player has made no runs: (coll.) a darling, sweetheart: a financial defaulter—esp. Lame Duck: also of things.—ns. Duck′-ant, a Jamaican termite nesting in trees; Duck′-bill, an aquatic burrowing and egg-laying Australian mammal, about 18 inches long, with soft fur, broadly webbed feet, and depressed duck-like bill—also called Duck-mole, Platypus, and Ornithorhynchus.—adj. Duck′-billed, having a bill like a duck.—n. Duck′-hawk, the moor-buzzard or marsh-harrier: the peregrine falcon of the United States.—adj. Duck′-legged, short-legged.—ns. Duck′ling, a young duck; Duck's′-foot, the lady's mantle; Duck′-weed, a name for several species of Lemna and Wolffia growing in ditches; Bombay duck, bummals; Wild′-duck, the mallard.—Break one's duck (cricket), to make one's first run (see above); Make, Play, ducks and drakes, to use recklessly: squander, waste (with with, of)—from the skipping of a flat stone across the surface of water. [A.S. duce, a duck, from, dúcan, to duck, dive.]

Editors Contribution

  1. duck

    A type of aquatic bird.

    A duck lives in or on water of a variety of different types e.g. lake, stream or sea.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 14, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duck' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2866

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duck' in Nouns Frequency: #1935

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of duck in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of duck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of duck in a Sentence

  1. Chico Marx, "The Coconuts" "1929-Movie":

    Why a duck?

  2. Malcolm Forbes:

    When in doubt, duck.

  3. John Hinckley:

    Honey, I forgot to duck.

  4. Myrian Waeles:

    Arthur was a special duck.

  5. Unknown:

    A similie: Like a duck on a June bug.

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