quack

There are good quacks and bad quacks. A good quack is the sound a duck makes. A bad quack is someone pretending to be a doctor. (You'd be better off visiting the duck with your ailment.)

If you ever get a chance to interview a celebrity duck, prepare to write the word quack in your notebook many, many times, because that’s all that ducks can say. The way you spell animal sounds changes depending what language you speak. In English a duck quacks, but in Danish a duck "raps," while Indonesian ducks "wek," and Romanian ducks say "mac." And that "MD" who isn’t really a doctor, but is good at pretending to be one? He's a quack. If you ever meet a quack that "quacks," please run.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: quack

1
nv
the harsh sound of a duck
utter quacking noises
2
nadjv
an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
medically unqualified
act as a medical quack or a charlatan
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: quack
1

n the harsh sound of a duck

Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

v utter quacking noises

“The ducks quacked
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
2

n an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice

Type of:
Dr., MD, doc, doctor, medico, physician
a licensed medical practitioner
charlatan, mountebank
a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes

adj medically unqualified

“a quack doctor”
Synonyms
unqualified
not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training

v act as a medical quack or a charlatan

Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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