- pl. ducks or duck 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 food
- Chiefly Brit., Informal a darling; dear
- ☆ Slang a person, esp. one qualified as being “odd,” “harmless,” “funny,” etc.
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