Duck meaning

dŭk
To evade a responsibility or obligation. Often used with out:

Duck out on one's family.

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Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet.
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A female duck.
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The flesh of a duck used as food.
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To duck is defined as to lower the head or body quickly as if to avoid a blow.

An example of to duck is a boxer dodging their opponent's punch.

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The definition of a duck is a swimming bird with a flat bill, short legs and webbed feet.

An example of a duck are the Disney characters Donald and Daffy.

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(slang) A person, especially one thought of as peculiar.
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(chiefly british) A dear.
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To lower quickly, especially so as to avoid something.

Ducked his head as the ball came toward him.

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To evade; dodge.

Duck responsibility; ducked the reporter's question.

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To push (a person, for example) suddenly under water.
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In bridge, to deliberately play a card that is lower than (an opponent's card).
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To lower the head or body.
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To move swiftly, especially so as to escape being seen.

Ducked behind a bush.

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To submerge the head or body briefly in water.
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In bridge, to lose a trick by deliberately playing lower than one's opponent.
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A quick lowering of the head or body.
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A plunge under water.
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A durable, closely woven heavy cotton or linen fabric.
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Clothing made of duck, especially white trousers.
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An amphibious military truck used during World War II.
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An amphibious truck used in emergencies, as to evacuate flood victims.
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Any of a large number of relatively small waterfowl with a flat bill, short neck and legs, and webbed feet.
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A female duck.
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The flesh of a duck as food.
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(chiefly brit., informal) A darling; dear.
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(slang) A person, esp. one qualified as being “odd,” “harmless,” “funny,” etc.
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To plunge or dip under water for a moment.
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To lower, turn, or bend (the head, body, etc.) suddenly, as in avoiding a blow or in hiding.
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(informal) To avoid or evade.

The candidate ducked the issue.

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(slang) To move (in or out) quickly.
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The act of ducking.
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A cotton or linen cloth somewhat like canvas but finer and lighter in weight.
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Clothes, esp. white trousers, made of this cloth.
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(mil. slang) An amphibious motor vehicle used during WWII.
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Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet.
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A female duck.
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The flesh of a duck used as food.
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A surname​.
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have (or get) one's ducks in a row
  • to be (or become) thoroughly organized or prepared
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like water off a duck's back
  • with no effect or reaction
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have (<i>or</i> get) one's ducks in a row

Origin of duck

  • Middle English douken to dive possibly from Old English dūcan Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dūken

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English doke from Old English dūce possibly from dūcan to dive duck2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch doek cloth from Middle Dutch doec

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration (influenced by duck) of DUKW

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition