See also: Duck

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: dŭk, IPA(key): /dʌk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌk

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English *dukken, from Old English *ducan, *duccan (to duck); a secondary verb akin to Middle English duken, douken (to duck, plunge under water, submerge), from Old English *dūcan (to dip, dive, duck), from Proto-West Germanic *dūkan, from Proto-Germanic *dūkaną (to dip, dive, bend down, stoop, duck), probably from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewb- (deep, hollow) (whence Proto-Germanic *dūbaną (to dive)).

VerbEdit

duck (third-person singular simple present ducks, present participle ducking, simple past and past participle ducked)

  1. (intransitive) To quickly lower the head or body, often in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
    Duck! There's a branch falling off the tree!
  2. (transitive) To quickly lower (the head or body), often in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
    • c. 1729, Jonathan Swift, To Dr. Delany on the Libels Written Against Him
      As some raw youth in country bred,
      To arms by thirst of honour led,
      When at a skirmish first he hears
      The bullets whistling round his ears,
      Will duck his head aside
    • 1989, Grant Naylor, Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
      Rimmer ducked his body low into his chair, so just his head remained above the table top, and peered past the backs of the examinees in front of him, waiting for the adjudicator to make his move.
  3. (transitive) To lower (something) into water; to thrust or plunge under liquid and suddenly withdraw.
  4. (intransitive) To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to plunge one's head into water or other liquid.
  5. (intransitive) To bow.
  6. (transitive) To evade doing something.
    • 2018 July 21, Kathryn Hughes, “The strange cult of Emily Brontë and the 'hot mess' of Wuthering Heights”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Victorian women choosing to duck the demands of domestic life to spend their time doing something they enjoyed is hardly a novel idea.
  7. (transitive) To lower the volume of (a sound) so that other sounds in the mix can be heard more clearly.
    • 2007, Alexander U. Case, Sound FX: unlocking the creative potential of recording studio effects, page 183:
      The music is ducked under the voice.
  8. (intransitive) To enter a place for a short moment.
    I'm just going to duck into the loo for a minute, can you hold my bag?
SynonymsEdit
  • (to lower the head): duck down
  • (to lower into the water): dip, dunk
  • (to lower in order to prevent it from being struck by something): dip
Coordinate termsEdit
  • (to lower the head or body to prevent it from being struck): hit the deck
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NounEdit

duck (plural ducks)

  1. (caving) A cave passage containing water with low, or no, airspace.
 duck on Wikipedia
 
A duck sitting on a brick wall.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English doke, ducke, dukke, dokke, douke, duke, from Old English duce, dūce (duck, literally dipper, diver, ducker), from Old English *dūcan (to dip, dive, duck), from Proto-West Germanic *dūkan, from Proto-Germanic *dūkaną (to dive, bend down). See verb above.

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NounEdit

duck (countable and uncountable, plural ducks)

  1. An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
  2. Specifically, an adult female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.
  3. (uncountable) The flesh of a duck used as food.
  4. (cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
  5. (slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
  6. A partly-flooded cave passage with limited air space.
  7. A building intentionally constructed in the shape of an everyday object to which it is related.
    A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.
    • 2007, Cynthia Blair, "It Happened on Long Island: 1988—Suffolk County Adopts the Big Duck," Newsday, 21 Feb.:
      The Big Duck has influenced the world of architecture; any building that is shaped like its product is called a ‘duck’.
  8. A marble to be shot at with another marble (the shooter) in children's games.
  9. (US) A cairn used to mark a trail.
  10. One of the weights used to hold a spline in place for the purpose of drawing a curve.
  11. (finance, slang, dated) Synonym of lame duck (one who cannot fulfil their contracts)
  12. (medicine) A long-necked medical urinal for men.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Dutch doek, from Middle Dutch doeck, doec (linen cloth), from Old Dutch *dōc, from Proto-West Germanic *dōk, from Proto-Germanic *dōkaz (cloth, rag), from Proto-Indo-European *dwōg-, *dwōk-. Cognate with German Tuch (cloth), Swedish duk (cloth, canvas), Icelandic dúkur (cloth, fabric). Doublet of doek.

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NounEdit

duck (plural ducks)

  1. A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", from Selected Short Stories:
      He was dressed in a Jaeger vest—a pair of blue duck trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
  2. (in the plural) Trousers made of such material.
    • 1918, Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier, Virago 2014, page 56:
      And they would go up and find old Allington, in white ducks, standing in the fringe of long grasses and cow-parsley on the other edge of the island […].
    • 1954, Doris Lessing, A Proper Marriage, HarperPerennial 1995, p. 74:
      A native servant emerged, anonymous in his white ducks and red fez, to say My Player was wanted on the telephone.
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Etymology 4Edit

Potteries dialect, Black Country dialect and dialects of the former territory of Mercia (central England). Compare Danish dukke (doll), Swedish docka (baby; doll), dialectal English doxy (sweetheart).

NounEdit

duck (plural ducks)

  1. A term of endearment; pet; darling.
  2. (Midlands) Dear, mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
    Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?
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ReferencesEdit

  • duck at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Birks, Steve (2005-01-26), “The history of the Potteries dialect”, in BBC[2], retrieved 2014-11-19

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

duck

  1. singular imperative of ducken

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

duck

  1. Alternative form of duk (duke)