The definition of a duck is a swimming bird with a flat bill, short legs and webbed feet.(noun)
An example of a duck are the Disney characters Donald and Daffy.
To duck is defined as to lower the head or body quickly as if to avoid a blow.(verb)
An example of to duck is a boxer dodging their opponent's punch.
See duck in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME doke < OE duce, lit., diver, ducker < base of *ducan, to plunge, dive (see duck); replaces OE ened (akin to Ger ente), common Gmc word for the bird
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ME douken < OE *ducan, to plunge, dive, akin to OHG tūhan (Ger tauchen), MLowG dūken, Du duiken, to dive
Origin: Du doek, akin to Ger tuch, cloth
Origin: altered (infl. by duck) < DUKW, military code name
See duck in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English doke
Origin: , from Old English dūce
Origin: , possibly from *dūcan, to dive; see duck 2.
verb ducked, duck·ing, ducks ducks verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English douken, to dive
Origin: , possibly from Old English *dūcan
Origin: ; akin to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dūken.
Origin: Dutch doek, cloth
Origin: , from Middle Dutch doec.
noun In both senses also called DUKW.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by duck1)
Origin: of DUKW.
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