Meaning of DUCK in English

DUCK

I. ˈdək noun

( plural ducks )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English duk, doke, from Old English dūce

Date: before 12th century

1. or plural duck

a. : any of various swimming birds (family Anatidae, the duck family) in which the neck and legs are short, the feet typically webbed, the bill often broad and flat, and the sexes usually different from each other in plumage

b. : the flesh of any of these birds used as food

2. : a female duck — compare drake

3. chiefly British : darling — often used in plural but sing. in constr.

4. : person , creature

[

duck 1a (male): 1 bean, 2 bill, 3 nostril, 4 head, 5 eye, 6 auricular region, 7 neck, 8 cape, 9 shoulder, 10, 11 wing coverts, 12 saddle, 13 secondaries, 14 primaries, 15 rump, 16 drake feathers, 17 tail, 18 tail coverts, 19 down, 20 shank, 21 web, 22 breast, 23 wing front, 24 wing bow

]

II. verb

Etymology: Middle English douken; akin to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Old English dūce duck

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to thrust under water

2. : to lower (as the head) quickly : bow

3. : avoid , evade

duck the issue

intransitive verb

1.

a. : to plunge under the surface of water

b. : to descend suddenly : dip

2.

a. : to lower the head or body suddenly : dodge

b. : bow , bob

3.

a. : to move quickly

b. : to evade a duty, question, or responsibility

• duck·er noun

III. noun

Date: 1554

: an instance of ducking

IV. noun

Etymology: Dutch doek cloth; akin to Old High German tuoh cloth

Date: 1640

1. : a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric

2. plural : light clothes and especially trousers made of duck

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