Variant of duck
- 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.
Origin: Middle English doke ; from Old English duce, literally , diver, ducker ; from base of an unverified form ducan, to plunge, dive (see duck); replaces Old English ened (akin to German ente), common Germanic word for the bird
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