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!"

Definitions of duck
  1. noun
    small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
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    adult male of a wild or domestic duck
    child's word for a duck
    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
    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
    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
    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
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    anseriform bird
    chiefly web-footed swimming birds
  2. noun
    flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
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    flesh of a young domestic duck
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    flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
  3. verb
    submerge or plunge suddenly
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    dive, plunge, plunk
    drop steeply
  4. verb
    dip into a liquid
    synonyms: dip, douse
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    dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse
    immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
  5. verb
    to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
    “Before he could duck, another stone struck him”
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  6. verb
    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
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    beg, beg the question
    dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
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    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
  7. noun
    a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
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    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  8. noun
    (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
    synonyms: duck's egg
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    a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
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