duck


duck
duck
duck1 [duk]
n.
[ME doke < OE duce, lit., diver, ducker < base of * ducan, to plunge, dive (see DUCK2); replaces OE ened (akin to Ger ente), common Gmc word for the bird ]
1. pl. ducks or duck any of a large number of relatively small waterfowl with a flat bill, short neck and legs, and webbed feet
2. a female duck: opposed to DRAKE1
3. the flesh of a duck as food
4. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] a darling; dear
5. Slang a person, esp. one qualified as being “odd,” “harmless,” “funny,” etc.
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like water off a duck's back
with no effect or reaction
duck2 [duk]
vt., vi.
[ME douken < OE * ducan, to plunge, dive, akin to OHG tūhan (Ger tauchen), MLowG dūken, Du duiken, to dive]
1. to plunge or dip under water for a moment
2. to lower, turn, or bend (the head, body, etc.) suddenly, as in avoiding a blow or in hiding
3. Informal to avoid or evade [the candidate ducked the issue]
4. Slang to move ( in or out) quickly
n.
the act of ducking
ducker
n.
duck3 [duk]
n.
[Du doek, akin to Ger tuch, cloth]
1. a cotton or linen cloth somewhat like canvas but finer and lighter in weight
2. [pl.] clothes, esp. white trousers, made of this cloth
duck4 [duk]
n.
[altered (infl. by DUCK1) < DUKW, military code name ]
Mil. Slang an amphibious motor vehicle used during WWII

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