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duck (anseriform bird)

Definition:

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

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Related to:

duckling

Plural:

ducks

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

quack-quack [baby talk]

Etymology:

Middle English *dukken, from Old English *ducan, *duccan ("to duck"), related to...
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Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

duck [bird] | Oxyura jamaicensis [species] | Dendrocygna [genus]

any of various species of relatively small, short-necked, large-billed waterfowl. In true ducks--i.e., those classified in the subfamily Anatinae--the ... (21 of 365 words, 20 images)

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duck [cloth]

any of a broad range of strong, durable, plainwoven fabrics made originally from tow yarns and subsequently from either flax or cotton. Duck is ... (24 of 104 words)

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Wikipedia:

Duck

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,... (43 of 1852 words, 10 images)

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Duck (disambiguation)

may refer to: "To duck" is a verb meaning "to bend down or stoop down, as if to go under something", or to avoid someone as to "duck someone's phone calls" or to "duck a meeting". | Duck, a type of water bird Domestic duck | Duck (food), the meat from ... (49 of 943 words, 75 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

duck | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present] | dook [sense-specific] | doock [Scottish, sense-specific] | duck down [synonym, sense-specific] | dip [synonym, sense-specific] | dunk [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[intransitive] To lower the head or body in order to prevent it from being struck by something. | [transitive] To lower (something) into water. | [transitive] To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something. | [transitive] To... (40 of 256 words, 16 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

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New World Dictionary:

duck | ducks [plural] | ducker [noun, related]

any of a large number of relatively small waterfowl with a flat bill, short neck and legs, and webbed feet | a female duck | the flesh of a duck as ... (29 of 212 words, 13 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Merriam-Webster:

duck [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | ducks [plural] | person [synonym, sense-specific] | creature [synonym, sense-specific]

(or plural "duck") ; any of various swimming birds (family Anatidae, the ... | a female duck | "duck" or "ducks": [British] "darling" but singular in ... (24 of 105 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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duck [entry 2, verb] | bow [synonym, sense-specific] | dip [synonym, sense-specific] | avoid [synonym, sense-specific] | evade [synonym, sense-specific] | dodge [synonym, sense-specific] | bob [synonym, sense-specific] | escape [synonym, sense-specific] | elude [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to thrust under water | to lower (as the head) quickly; "bow" | "avoid", "evade" | to plunge under the surface of water ; to descend suddenly; "dip" | ... (25 of 234 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example)

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duck [entry 3, noun]

an instance of ducking (4 of 15 words)

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duck [entry 4, noun] | ducks [plural]

a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric | "ducks": light clothes and especially trousers made of duck (16 of 39 words, 2 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

duck | like water off a duck's back [sense-specific] | take to something like a duck to water [sense-specific] | ducks [synonym, sense-specific] | ducker [noun, derived]

any of various small aquatic birds of the family "Anatidae", typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order "Anseriformes" | ... (23 of 742 words, 16 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

duck | canvasback | eider | mallard | merganser | teal

common name for wild and domestic waterfowl of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and swans. It's hunted and bred for its meat, eggs, and ... (26 of 417 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

duck | ducks [plural] | water off a duck's back [sense-specific]

any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the ... | the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male. | the flesh of ... (25 of 312 words, 20 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

duck | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present] | ducker [noun, related]

Any of various wild or domesticated swimming birds of the family Anatidae, ... | A female duck. | The flesh of a duck used as food. | [slang] A ... (26 of 290 words, 20 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

duck [entry 1] | have | get one's ducks in a row | like water off a duck's back | take to something like a duck to water | drake [near antonym, sense-specific] | ducks [related]

a waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a ... | a female duck. | a duck as food | a pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusc ... (27 of 239 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/duck

duck [entry 2] | duck and dive | ducker [derived]

lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen | avoid (a blow or missile) by moving quickly | [transitive, ... (29 of 216 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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duck [entry 3, British, informal] | ducks | dear [synonym]

dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys) (14 of 60 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/duck--3

duck [entry 3] | ducks | dear [synonym, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (duck) | [British] | dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys). (17 of 53 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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duck [entry 4] | ducks

a strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for work clothes and sails | ("ducks") : trousers made of duck. (19 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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duck [entry 5, cricket] | break one's duck

a batsman's score of nought | "break one's duck" [cricket] : score the first run of one's innings. | [British] : make one's first score or achieve a ... (26 of 93 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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duck [entry 5]

Syllabification: (duck) | [cricket] | a batsman's score of zero (8 of 56 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

duck [verb] | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to lower your head or head and body quickly, in order to move under something or to avoid being hit | [transitive] to force ... (24 of 142 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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duck | ducks [plural] | duck or ducks | take to something like a duck to water

[countable] a water bird with short legs, webbed feet (=with skin between ... | [countable] a zero score by a batsman in a game of cricket | "duck or ... (27 of 130 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

duck [entry 1]

a bird that lives by water, has webbed feet (feet with skin between the toes), a short neck and a large beak | the meat of this bird (27 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/duck 1

duck [entry 2, British, old-fashioned informal] | ducks

a friendly way of talking to someone you like (9 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/duck 2

duck [entry 3]

to move your head or the top part of your body quickly down, especially to avoid being hit | to push someone underwater for a short time | to move ... (28 of 90 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

duck [entry 1] | ducks [plural]

a common water bird with webbed feet, short legs, and a broad flat beak. ... | a female duck. | the flesh of a duck when eaten as a food (28 of 112 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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duck [entry 2] | ducks [plural] | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle]

to bend or move the head down quickly, especially to avoid being hit by something | to move somewhere very quickly, often to avoid being seen | to ... (26 of 186 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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duck [entry 3]

strong, fairly stiff, closely woven cotton or canvas cloth. Use: protective clothing, furnishings. | a pair of pants, usually white, or like those ... (22 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

duck | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English *dukken, from Old English *ducan, *duccan ("to duck"), related to Scots dulk ("to ... | Middle English ducke, dukke, doke, dokke, douke, duke, from Old English... (27 of 218 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

duck | ducks [plural]

Origin: Middle English doke from Old English duce, literally, diver, ... | Middle English douken from Old English *ducan, to plunge, ... (19 of 75 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

duck | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English doke, from Old English dūce, possibly from *dūcan, to dive; see "duck" [entry 2]. | Middle English ... (18 of 50 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

duck

First use: 14th century | 17th century | 20th century

Origin: Old English dūce duck, diver; related to duck2 | related to Old High German tūhhan to dive, Middle Dutch dūken | from ... (26 of 40 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

duck [entry 1] | have

Origin: Old English duce, from the Germanic base of "duck2" (expressing the notion of "diving bird")

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duck [entry 2]

Origin: Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen "dive, dip, plunge", also to "duck1"

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duck [entry 3, British, informal] | ducks

First use: late 16th century

Origin: "duck1"

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duck [entry 4] | ducks

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Middle Dutch doek "linen, linen cloth"; related to German Tuch "cloth"

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duck [entry 5, cricket]

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline

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Merriam-Webster:

duck [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | ducks [plural]

First use: before 12th century

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

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duck [entry 2, verb]

First use: 14th century

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

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duck [entry 4, noun]

First use: 1640

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

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Encarta Dictionary:

duck [entry 1] | ducks [plural]

Origin: Old English dūce, origin ?

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duck [entry 2] | ducks [plural] | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Probably from assumed Old English dūcan from W Germanic, "dive, dip"

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duck [entry 3]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Dutch doek "linen"

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

duck | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "duck"

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Collins Dictionary:

duck

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "duck"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

duck [noun] | ducks [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "duck"

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duck [verb] | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "duck"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

duck [verb] | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle] | ducks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "duck"

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duck | ducks [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "duck"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

duck [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "duck"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "duck"

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the Free Dictionary:

duck

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Google Dictionary:

duck | ducks [plural] | ducked [past tense] | ducking [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "duck"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

duck

Audio: North American pronunciation of "duck"

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YourDictionary Audio:

duck

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freedictionary.org:

duck | Duck

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