duck

A duck is a bird that spends much of its life on or near water. You can sometimes see whole families of ducks paddling across lakes and ponds.

Ducks can be wild or domesticated — if you keep ducks in your yard, you'll need to provide them with at least a small body of water. When the word duck is a verb, it means "to bow or dip suddenly," like when your kite plunges suddenly and you duck to avoid getting hit in the head. You can duck figuratively, too: "Don't you dare duck out of helping me clean up after the party!"

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: duck

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nv
small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
submerge or plunge suddenly
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n
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
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n
(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: duck
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n small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

Types:
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drake
adult male of a wild or domestic duck
quack-quack
child's word for a duck
duckling
young duck
diving duck
any of various ducks of especially bays and estuaries that dive for their food
dabbler, dabbling duck
any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling
Anas platyrhynchos, mallard
wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed
Anas rubripes, black duck
a dusky duck of northeastern United States and Canada
teal
any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
Anas penelope, widgeon, wigeon
freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals
Anas clypeata, broadbill, shoveler, shoveller
freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill
Anas acuta, pin-tailed duck, pintail
long-necked river duck of the Old and New Worlds having elongated central tail feathers
sheldrake
Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill
Oxyura jamaicensis, ruddy duck
reddish-brown stiff-tailed duck of North America and northern South America
Bucephela albeola, bufflehead, butterball, dipper
small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage
Bucephela clangula, goldeneye, whistler
large-headed swift-flying diving duck of Arctic regions
Aythya valisineria, canvasback, canvasback duck
North American wild duck valued for sport and food
Aythya ferina, pochard
heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head
Aythya americana, redhead
North American diving duck with a grey-and-black body and reddish-brown head
bluebill, broadbill, scaup, scaup duck
diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
wild duck
an undomesticated duck (especially a mallard)
Aix sponsa, summer duck, wood duck, wood widgeon
showy North American duck that nests in hollow trees
Aix galericulata, mandarin duck
showy crested Asiatic duck; often domesticated
Cairina moschata, muscovy duck, musk duck
large crested wild duck of Central America and South America; widely domesticated
sea duck
any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
Anas crecca, green-winged teal, greenwing
common teal of Eurasia and North America
Anas discors, blue-winged teal, bluewing
American teal
Anas querquedula, garganey
small Eurasian teal
American widgeon, Anas americana, baldpate
a widgeon the male of which has a white crown
shelduck
female sheldrake
Barrow's goldeneye, Bucephala islandica
North American goldeneye diving duck
Aythya marila, greater scaup
large scaup of North America having a greenish iridescence on the head of the male
Aythya affinis, lake duck, lesser scaup, lesser scaup duck
common scaup of North America; males have purplish heads
wood drake
male wood duck
eider, eider duck
duck of the northern hemisphere much valued for the fine soft down of the females
scooter, scoter
large black diving duck of northern parts of the northern hemisphere
Clangula hyemalis, old squaw, oldwife
a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States
fish duck, merganser, sawbill, sheldrake
large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
Type of:
anseriform bird
chiefly web-footed swimming birds

n flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

Types:
duckling
flesh of a young domestic duck
Type of:
poultry
flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food

v submerge or plunge suddenly

Type of:
dive, plunge, plunk
drop steeply

v dip into a liquid

Synonyms:
dip, douse
Type of:
dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

v to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away

“Before he could duck, another stone struck him”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

Synonyms:
circumvent, dodge, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
Types:
beg
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
quibble
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
avoid
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
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n a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
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n (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman

Synonyms:
duck's egg
Type of:
score
a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
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