Meaning of DUCK in English

DUCK

~ 1

■ noun ( plural same or ~s )

1》 a waterbird with a broad, blunt bill, short legs, and webbed feet, some kinds of which are domesticated. [Family Anatidae: many species.]

↘a female ~. Contrasted with drake .

2》 a pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusc found off the Atlantic coasts of America. [Genus Anatina .]

Phrases

get (or have ) one's ~s in a row N. Amer. informal get (or have) everything organized.

like water off a ~'s back referring to a hurtful remark which has no effect.

take to something like a ~ to water take to something very readily.

Origin

OE duce , from the Gmc base of ~ 2 (expressing the notion of 'diving bird').

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~ 2

■ verb

1》 lower the head or body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen.

2》 informal evade (an unwelcome duty).

3》 push (someone) under water.

4》 Bridge refrain from playing a winning card on a particular trick for tactical reasons.

■ noun a quick lowering of the head.

Phrases

~ and dive Brit. use one's ingenuity to deal with or evade a situation.

Derivatives

~er noun

Origin

ME: of Gmc origin; related to ~ 1 .

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~ 3

■ noun Cricket a batsman's score of nought.

Phrases

break one's ~ Cricket score the first run of one's innings.

Origin

C19: short for ~'s egg , used for the figure 0.

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~ 4

(also ~s )

■ noun Brit. informal dear (used as an affectionate form of address).

Origin

C16: from ~ 1 .

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~ 5

■ noun a strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for work clothes and sails.

↘( ~s ) trousers made from ~.

Origin

C17: from MDu. doek 'linen'.

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