• WordNet 3.6
    • n quack-quack child's word for a duck
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  • 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.”


In literature:

Here Douglas retires from his toils to relax, The scourge of impostors, the terror of quacks.
"English Satires" by Various
A little further on they met a wild Duck, who waddled away quacking wildly when he saw the Fox trotting towards him.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
With streaks of the quack and adventurer in him, he gave out deep notes.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Drawing aside the folds, the quack disclosed a wild little face, framed in a mass of glowing red hair.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
What would the investigator gain by charging the quack with murder?
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
The quack doctor deserves to be kicked; found bottle of medicine on table somewhere; pure water; five shillings.
"Woman's Endurance" by A.D.L.
Another extraordinary beard was that of Van Butchell, the quack doctor, who died at London in 1814, in his 80th year.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
As for the little ducklings, they paddled about, and quacked and whistled (as baby ducks always do) and had a perfectly lovely time.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
Quack (duck) = anasbleki.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
At Tamworth, you have been practising as a quack doctor?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Mrs. Quack carefully went over all her feathers to see that every one was in place, for she is very particular about how she looks.
"Mother West Wind "Where" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
It might enact, in obedience to the persuasions of some plausible quack, that no one should take any medicines but a single all-curing pill.
"A Critical Examination of Socialism" by William Hurrell Mallock
The object is to protect the public against quack remedies.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
As Mrs. Quack brought her head up out of the water, Mr. Quack warned her to keep quiet.
"The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer" by Thornton W. Burgess
When he looked up, the courtyard was empty, and quiet, save for the quacking of two or three forlorn ducks.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
And if he didn't produce it, you'd call him a quack.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
And the town was brilliant from the absence of the unclean advertisements of quack-medicine men.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
Even quacks and charlatans are able, by stimulating the hope of those who are sick, to produce marvelous cures.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
He got it by its legs as I was going along, and the poor thing quacked and tried to fly, but down it went d'reckly.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
When the sea fails to get me a living I think I shall set up as quack doctor.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Our John will quack it like a duck,
And straddle like a clown;
Till 'twix vile roguery and luck
We steal for him the crown.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The curtain's up - the stage all black -
Time and the year nigh sped -
Time as an advertising quack -
The Old Year nearly dead.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
Be thou real also, be no sham or quack,
Half seen as manhood sickens and expires,
Two beings in thee resting back to back,
And turning vane-like as the world desires.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
I sing of a doctor—a doctor I sing;
God send such a doctor to every bad king;
For this is a quack of superlative skill,—
If he cannot cure, he can certainly kill.
"Lines On A Quack Doctor" by Samuel Bamford
"Do you know," said the turkey, "you're quacking!
There's a fox creeping up thro' the rye;
And, if you're not utterly lacking,
You'll make for that duck-pond. Good-bye!"
"The New Duckling" by Alfred Noyes
You came and quacked beside me in the wood.
You said, "The view from here is very good!"
You said, "It's nice to be alone a bit!"
And, "How the days are drawing out!" you said.
You said, "The sunset's pretty, isn't it?"
"The Voice" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

This art from recycled tools and industrial scrap, at Saturday's Windsor Window on the Arts festival, really quacked us up.
If it walks like a lame duck and quacks like a lame duck (AP Photo/Al Behrman AL BEHRMAN).
Female mallards use a quacking sound to communicate.
Quack 's Corner wishes to extend our utmost appreciation to our animal foster "mom," Madeline Boss.
She is Quack 's Corner's hero.
Quack 's Corner has the best.
Carol Kirshenbaum President, Quack 's Corner.
Rotarians get 'Quacked Up': Del Mar Rotary Club brings back the Quack for 4th Annual Chili & Quackers Event.
For nine years, it hasn't been uncommon to hear an uncoordinated chorus of synthetic quacks take over the streets of downtown Albany.
She's the Distinguished Citizen and a bit of a quack .
Graffiti ' quack ' down: Vandal's waterfowl-influenced tag in Prospect Park.
Quack Back debuts today, giving Ducks fans a place to be heard even louder and more clearly than ever before.
Return of the Quack .
Mallard (quacking in my dry backyard?).
Noon kick-off: Oregon has a "Quack Cave".

In science:

Third is a new class of radio transients, which at least look and quack like ducks (sorry, pulsars), though we are not quite sure about the walking as no proper motions were reported.
Astrophysics in 2006
It is not known whether all C ∗ -algebras that look like Cuntz-Krieger algebras (and quack like Cuntz-Krieger algebras) are Cuntz-Krieger algebras.
Do phantom Cuntz-Krieger algebras exist?