• WordNet 3.6
    • v duck avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v duck to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"
    • v duck submerge or plunge suddenly
    • v duck dip into a liquid "He dipped into the pool"
    • n duck small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
    • n duck a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
    • n duck flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
    • n duck (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Duck The Duck
DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range: North and South America. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range:...
Father & Duck Father & Duck
Teeth of the duck-billed dinosaur Trachodon Teeth of the duck-billed dinosaur Trachodon
Restoration of the Duck-billed Dinosaur Trachodon Restoration of the Duck-billed Dinosaur Trachodon
Eider Duck Eider Duck
Ducks Ducks
Ducks to the banks of the water Ducks to the banks of the water

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
    • Duck A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.
    • n Duck dŭk A pet; a darling.
    • Duck A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water. "Here be, without duck or nod,
      Other trippings to be trod."
    • Duck (Zool) Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ, family Anatidæ.
    • Duck (Naut) The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.
    • Duck To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion. "Will duck his head aside."
    • Duck To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow. "The learned pate Ducks to the golden fool."
    • Duck To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip. "In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day."
    • Duck To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy.
    • Duck To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw. "Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Donald Duck lives at 1313 Webfoot Walk, Duckburg, Calisota.
    • duck To plunge the head or the whole body into water and immediately withdraw; make a dip.
    • duck To nod or bob the head suddenly; bow.
    • duck Hence To give way; yield; cringe.
    • duck To dip or plunge in water and immediately withdraw: as, to duck a witch or a scold.
    • duck To lower or bend down suddenly, as in dodging a missile or an obstacle, or in saluting awkwardly: as, to duck the head.
    • n duck A diving inclination of the head.
    • n duck A lamellirostral natatorial bird of the family Anatidœ and subfamily Anatinœ or Fuligulinœ (which see). The technical distinction between any duck and other birds of the same family, as geese and mergansers, is not clear; but a duck may usually be recognized by the broad and fiat bill, short legs, scutellate tarsi, and entirely feathered head. The common wild duck or mallard is Anas boscas, the feral stock of the domestic duck. The species of ducks are numerous, about 125, divided into some 40 modern genera, and found in nearly all parts of the world. Most ducks fall in one or the other of two series, fresh-water ducks or river-ducks, Anatinœ, and salt-water ducks or sea-ducks, Fuligulinœ; and from the latter a few are sometimes detached to form a third subfamily, Erismaturinœ; but the implied distinction in habits by no means holds good, since some or any river-ducks may be found in salt water, and few if any sea-ducks are entirely maritime. The mallard and closely related species now form the restricted genus Anas. Teal are small ducks, chiefly of the genus Querquedula; Q. circia is the garganey. The widgeons form the genus Mareca; the gadwalls. Chaulelasmus; the spoonbills, Spatula; the pintails or sprigtails, Dafila. Certain arboreal ducks of various parts of the world constitute the genus Dendrocygna. The muscovy duck or musk-duck is Cairina moschata. The celebrated mandarin-duck of China and the wood-duck or summer duck of the United States are two species of the genus Aix, A. galericulata and A. sponsa. Sheldrakes or burrow-ducks are of the genus Casarca or Tadorna. A number of sea-ducks with black or red heads are placed in genera variously named Fuligula, Fulix, Aithyia, Nyroca, etc.; such are the scaups and pochards, the canvasback, and others. The buffleheads, goldeneyes, and whistlewings belong to a genus variously called Clangula, Glaucion, and Bucephala. The harlequin duck is Histrionicus histrionicus or H. minutus. The old-wife or long-tailed duck is Harelda glacialis. The Labrador duck, Camptolœmus labradorius, is notable as being probably on the point of extinction; it is a near relative of the steamer-duck of South America, Micropterus cinereus. Eiders are large sea-ducks of the genus Somateria and some related genera. Scoters and surfducks, also called sea-coots, are large black sea-ducks of the genus Œdemia and its subdivisions. The ruddy ducks belong to the genus Erismatura and some related genera. Fishing-ducks, so called, are not properly ducks, but mergansers (Merginœ).
    • n duck The female duck, as distinguished from the male, or drake (which see).
    • n duck Some webfooted bird likened to or mistaken for a duck: as, the cobbler's-awl duck (that is, the avoset).
    • n duck One of the stones used in playing the game of duck on drake.
    • n duck The velvet scoter.
    • n duck The surf-scoter.
    • n duck The ruddy duck.
    • n duck The female mallard.
    • n duck The female pintail.
    • n duck The harlequin.
    • n duck The hooded merganser. Also called water-pheasant.
    • n duck Specifically— The wood-duck (which see). See Aix.
    • n duck The garganey or summer tcal, Querquedula circia.
    • n duck Hence— To handle or use a thing recklessly; scatter; squander; throw into confusion: with with or of.
    • n duck The wood-duck or summer duck, which breeds in trees.
    • n duck The hooded merganser: so called from breeding in trees.
    • n duck A sweetheart; a darling: a word of endearment, fondness, or admiration. It is sometimes also applied to things: as, a duck of a bonnet.
    • n duck A strong linen fabric simply woven without twill, lighter than canvas, and used for small sails, sails for pleasure-boats, and for men's wear. Duck is usually white or unbleached, but is sometimes made in plain colors.
    • n duck A cotton fabric sometimes considered the second grade, for strength and durability, after double-warp (which see, under warp).
    • duck In bridge, to lead a suit from the dealer or the dummy hand, and make no attempt to win the trick third hand, even when able to do so. See underplay.
    • n duck In cricket, no score; zero: short for duck's-egg (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
    • n Duck duk a kind of coarse cloth for small sails, sacking, &c.
    • v.t Duck duk to dip for a moment in water
    • v.i Duck to dip or dive: to lower the head suddenly: to cringe, yield
    • n Duck a quick plunge, dip: a quick lowering of the head or body, a jerky bow
    • n Duck duk name given to any member of the family Anatidæ, the prominent marks of which are short webbed feet, with a small hind-toe not reaching the ground, the netted scales in front of the lower leg, and the long bill: the female duck as distinguished from the male drake: in cricket (originally duck's egg), the zero (0), which records in a scoring-sheet that a player has made no runs:
    • n Duck duk (coll.) a darling, sweetheart: a financial defaulter—esp. Lame Duck: also of things
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  • Gael Boardman
    Gael Boardman
    “You can't aim a duck to death.”
  • Richard C. Cushing
    Richard C. Cushing
    “When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Honey, I forgot to duck.”
  • Confucius
    “Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.”


Box of fluffy ducks - (NZ) Used when something is working well or going your way. If you are happy, you are a box of fluffy ducks. Also can be shortened to 'a box of fluffies'.
Break your duck - (UK) If you break your duck, you do something for the first time.
Dead duck - Someone or something is bound to fail or die is a dead duck.
Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? - (USA) (US Southern) This is a response given to an unnecessary question for which the obvious answer is yes. Example: If you were to ask an Olympic archer whether she could put an arrow in an apple at ten yards, she could answer: "Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?"('Do one-legged ducks swim in circles?' is also used.)
Duck soup - (USA) If something is duck soup, it is very easy.
Duck to water - If you take to something like a duck to water, you find when you start that you have a natural affinity for it.
Ducks in a row - (USA) If you have your ducks in a row, you are well-organized.
Get your ducks in a row - If you get your ducks in a row, you organise yourself and your life.
Lame duck - If something or someone is a lame duck, they are in trouble.
Lord love a duck - An exclamation used when nothing else will fit. Often fitting when one is stunned or dismayed.
Sitting duck - A sitting duck is something or someone that is easy to criticise or target.
Water off a duck's back - If criticism or something similar is like water off a duck's back to somebody, they aren't affected by it in the slightest.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. duken, douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken, OHG. thhan, MHG. tucken, tücken, tchen, G. tuchen,. Cf. 5th Duck
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. duce, a duck, from, dúcan, to duck, dive.


In literature:

The sun rose higher and higher in the blue heavens, and the Ducks began to return to their cool northern home.
"Wigwam Evenings" by Charles Alexander Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman
This big white duck did not seem to mind a bit whether her children were a credit to her or not.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
There were omelettes and geese and eels and duck and tripe and onion soup and sausages and succulences inconceivable.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Every day the ducks would go in a procession down to the Duck Pond to swim.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Many people put all their wild ducks' eggs under hens, and do not allow the ducks themselves to sit.
"Wild Ducks" by W. Coape Oates
No frogs are poetical; Some ducks are unpoetical.
"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll
MUSK duck, feral hybrid of, with the common duck, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
She ducked her head and looked down at her mittened hands in her lap.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Choose a fine fat duck, salt it two days, and boil it slowly in a cloth.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Scolds had to be ducked over head and ears in a ducking-stool.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews

In poetry:

That I may reach that happy time
The kindly gods I pray,
For are not ducks and pease in prime
Upon the last of May?
"The Last Of May" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Poor Jack wor rayther short, an' came
Just like a suckin duck;
He little dream'd at th' sweets o' life
Wod ivver be his luck.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
The ducks and hens said, one and all,
In gossip by the pool,
"Our children never play such pranks;
My dear, that fowl's a fool."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Then there's the little loch near by,
Whereon can be seen every day
Numerous wild ducks swimming
And quacking in their innocent play.
"Baldovan" by William Topaz McGonagall
"I should like a more elegant figure,"
That child of a duck went on.
"I should like to grow bigger and bigger,
Until I could swallow a swan.
"The New Duckling" by Alfred Noyes
I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.
"To My Valentine" by Ogden Nash

In news:

Holocaust memorial dispute turns bizarre with Donald Duck comment.
From Abe Lincoln To Donald Duck : History Of The Income Tax.
Walt Disney's Donald Duck : "Lost in the Andes" (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library).
'Walt Disney's Donald Duck : "Lost in the Andes"' By Carl Barks Fantagraphics Books 240 pp.
Donald Duck turns 77 years old on June 9th.
T he Lake Erie Monster could be the best thing to happen to Cleveland comic books since Harvey Pekar or Howard the Duck, depending on your particular tastes.
The Federal Duck Stamp "First Day of Sale" will be celebrated on Friday, June 29 and Ducks Unlimited encourages supporters to " Double Up for the Ducks" when purchasing their 2012 stamps.
Paul Mara (27), here as a Ranger in the 2008-09 season, signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Ducks on Thursday.
Raymond Chow ducked the instant rival gang members opened fire.
Louisiana Search Teams Locate Missing Duck Hunter After Boat Sinks In Rough Water.
A Norco duck hunter who posted a photo of his kill on Facebook was cited for violating state game limits, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
No one ever said duck hunting was glamorous but for those of us who engage in it as often is possible it is always rewarding.
You can't get that on any video game, even the duck hunting ones.
'Fallin Skies' duck hunter pleads not guilty to waterfowl violations.
Post-deer season, though, is prime duck-hunting time, and Germer enthusiastically began learning the ways of the waterfowler under Depuy's tutelage on numerous quests for quackers along the fertile rivers and creeks of Northern Virginia.

In science:

This tearing apart of the physical world creates huge conceptual problems, which are ducked in the Copenhagen approach by renouncing man’s ability to understand reality.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
And I therefore agree that a philosophical theory of persistence should if possible allow for continuous matter, and so not duck out of discussing the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
As I said, I will here duck out of the pro ject of trying to go beyond the vague consensus above.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The following example, to which we will refer later on (last subsection of 3), is meant to illustrate in a concrete way the idea of a word problem: A farm has ducks and rabbits.
The GF Mathematics Library
Notice that some of the inferences amount to making explicit the implicit references. 1. A farm has no animals other than A farm has ducks and rabbits. ducks and rabbits. 2.
The GF Mathematics Library