There are 5 definitions of duck in English:

duck1

Syllabification: duck
Pronunciation: /dək
 
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noun (plural same or ducks)

1A waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.
  • Family Anatidae (the duck family); domesticated ducks are mainly descended from the mallard. The duck family also includes geese and swans, from which ducks are distinguished by their generally smaller size and shorter necks
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  • The rear feet of the beaver are large and webbed like a duck's feet, to give the animal good swimming ability.
  • Wetlands are a lure for geese, swans, ducks, egrets, storks, herons and the icon of the Camargue, the pink flamingo.
  • Then Nikolai noticed the heron and the duck waddling up the hill behind Dmitri.
1.1A duck as food: a duck for tomorrow’s dinner
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  • From a nutritional perspective, the duck, cucumber, spring onion and pancakes make a reasonably well-balanced meal.
  • In a heavy, flameproof casserole, cook the sausages and duck in the olive oil until their fat runs and the sausages and duck are golden on all sides.
  • Cook the duck until tender, then add the potatoes and onion.
2A pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusk found off the Atlantic coasts of America.
  • Genus Anatina, family Mactridae
3 another term for DUKW.
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  • The ducks are second world war US-built amphibious vehicles and make a fun change from the traditional open-top bus tour.

Origin

Old English duce, from the Germanic base of duck2 (expressing the notion of 'diving bird').

Phrases

get (or have) one's ducks in a row

North American informal Get (or have) one’s facts straight; get (or have) everything organized.
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  • If you are trying to get 100 musicians to play your symphony, you had better have your ducks in a row before you walk into the hall with an armload of scores.
  • ‘You can't get a public fund-raising campaign going if you don't have your ducks in a row,’ he says.
  • The other board members pay attention if I present my case forcefully, and I can be enough of a pain that they make sure they have their ducks in a row before bringing up any new spending increase.

take to something like a duck to water

Take to something very readily: he shows every sign of taking to University politics like a duck to water
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  • I took to the video recorder like a duck to water.
  • Helen took to the dance routine like a duck to water.
  • She not only took to it like a duck to water but she went on to become one of the foremost wine professionals in the country.

water off a duck's back

A potentially hurtful or harmful remark or incident that has no apparent effect on the person mentioned: it was like water off a duck’s back to Nick, but I’m sure it upset Paul
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  • Whenever other people came under fire, they tried to deflect it elsewhere, but it's water off a duck's back.
  • We are used to getting flak from the public over the vehicles we book, so it is water off a duck's back to us.
  • However, if the intention was to shame him then it failed because my friend told me it seemed to run off him like water off a duck's back.

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There are 5 definitions of duck in English:

duck2

Syllabification: duck
Pronunciation: /dək
 
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verb

1 [no object] Lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen: spectators ducked for cover she ducked into the doorway to get out of the line of fire [with object]: he ducked his head and entered
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  • Droplets of rain had already fallen, and he quickly ducked into his car to avoid being drenched by the rain.
  • He quickly ducked into the building and ran for the nearest lift.
  • Avoiding the rain he ducked into a nearby building and fled downstairs to take a covered shortcut to his work area.
Synonyms
bob down, bend (down), stoop (down), crouch (down), squat (down), hunch down, hunker down; cower, cringe
1.1 (duck out) Depart quickly: I thought I saw you duck out
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  • The bell rang and I quickly ducked out of the classroom before Miss Hoover could stop me.
  • He smiled at me quickly before he ducked out of the classroom.
  • Maeve seemingly needed to use the bathroom, because she ducked out rather quickly.
1.2 [with object] Avoid (a blow) by moving down quickly: he ducked a punch from an angry first baseman
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  • Cyrus ducked the blow and landed another punch to James' stomach, knocking the wind from him and sending him to the ground again.
  • He ducked the blow and countered it, his own fist connecting with my jaw and his knee finding its way to my stomach.
  • But he ducked the blow and darted his head back up colliding with Kung's chin.
1.3 [with object] informal Evade or avoid (an unwelcome duty or undertaking): a responsibility that a less courageous man might well have ducked [no object]: I was engaged twice and ducked out both times
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  • Whatever else that is, it's hardly ducking responsibility.
  • Is the closure of Internet chat rooms more about ducking responsibility than child safety?
  • And none of this is meant to suggest that the editorial page editor can use the policy to duck responsibility for inaccuracies on the page.
Synonyms
shirk, dodge, evade, avoid, elude, escape, back out of, shun, eschew, sidestep, bypass, circumvent
informal cop out of, get out of, wriggle out of, dipsy-doodle around
2 [no object] Plunge one’s head or body underwater briefly: I had to keep ducking down to get my head cool
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  • It is no more a proper trial than ducking witches used to be.
  • Offenders could be ducked in water.
  • Players, including William, were ducked under the water and roughly tackled by the opposing side.
Synonyms
3 Bridge Refrain from playing a winning card on a particular trick for tactical reasons.

noun

[in singular] Back to top  
A quick lowering of the head.
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  • Then a quick duck brought him under the demon's arm.

Origin

Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen 'dive, dip, plunge', also to duck1.

Derivatives

ducker

noun
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  • ‘He may well have been a ducker and diver,’ Adams wrote, ‘a loveable rogue or whatever, but to me he was a football man who knew his job in depth.’
  • A ducker and diver, Milutinovic has not always been able to ride above the waves.
  • My character is a bit of a ducker and diver, but he'd never wish to cause any harm.

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duck3

Syllabification: duck
Pronunciation: /dək
 
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(also ducks)

noun

British
Dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys).

Origin

late 16th century: from duck1.

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duck4

Syllabification: duck
Pronunciation: /dək
 
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noun

1A strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for casual or work clothes and sails.
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  • If stripes aren't your style, experiment with other casual fabrics, such as cotton duck, denim, and corduroy.
  • Cut the diaper cover pieces from the yellow cotton duck or broadcloth according to the pattern guidesheet.
  • I am interested in dyeing 35 yards of cotton duck for slipcovers for a sofa.
1.1 (ducks) Pants made of duck fabric.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Middle Dutch doek 'linen, linen cloth'; related to German Tuch 'cloth'.

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duck5

Syllabification: duck
Pronunciation: /dək
 
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noun

Cricket
A batsman’s score of zero: out for a duck
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  • Their last five wickets tumbled for 22 in just under eight overs, with the final four batsmen all making ducks.
  • As it happened, on the third day no such resurrection occurred and worse, he scored yet another duck.
  • Ponting, so impressive in the first innings, went for a five-ball duck.

Origin

mid 19th century: short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline.

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