verb (used without object)
to stoop or bend suddenly; bob.
to avoid or evade a blow, unpleasant task, etc.; dodge.
to plunge the whole body or the head momentarily under water.
Cards Informal. to play a card lower than the card led.
verb (used with object)
to lower suddenly:
Duck your head going through that low doorway.
to avoid or evade (a blow, unpleasant task, etc.); dodge:
to duck a hard right; to duck an embarrassing question.
to plunge or dip in water momentarily.
Cards Informal. to play a card lower than (the card led).
an act or instance of ducking.
noun (pl) ducks, duck
any of various small aquatic birds of the family Anatidae, typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order Anseriformes
the flesh of this bird, used as food
the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (drake)
any other bird of the family Anatidae, including geese, and swans
(Brit, informal) Also ducks. dear or darling: used as a term of endearment or of general address See also ducky
(informal) a person, esp one regarded as odd or endearing
(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
(informal) like water off a duck’s back, without effect
(informal) take to something like a duck to water, to become adept at or attracted to something very quickly
to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away, esp so as to escape observation or evade a blow
to submerge or plunge suddenly and often briefly under water
(informal) when intr, often foll by out. to dodge or escape (a person, duty, etc)
(intransitive) (bridge) to play a low card when possessing a higher one rather than try to win a trick
the act or an instance of ducking
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave, used for clothing, tents, etc See also ducks
an amphibious vehicle used in World War II
waterfowl, Old English duce (found only in genitive ducan) “a duck,” literally “a ducker,” presumed to be from Old English *ducan “to duck, dive” (see duck (v.)). Replaced Old English ened as the name for the bird, this being from PIE *aneti-, the root of the “duck” noun in most Indo-European languages.
In the domestic state the females greatly exceed in number, hence duck serves at once as the name of the female and of the race, drake being a specific term of sex. [OED]
As a term of endearment, attested from 1580s. duck-walk is 1930s; duck soup “anything easily done” is by 1899. Duck’s ass haircut is from 1951. Ducks-and-drakes, skipping flat stones on water, is from 1580s; the figurative sense of “throwing something away recklessly” is c.1600.
“strong, untwilled linen (later cotton) fabric,” used for sails and sailors’ clothing, 1630s, from Dutch doeck “linen cloth” (Middle Dutch doec), related to German Tuch “piece of cloth,” Danish dug, Old Frisian dok, Old High German tuoh, all of unknown origin.
“to plunge into” (transitive), c.1300; to suddenly go under water (intransitive), mid-14c., from presumed Old English *ducan “to duck,” found only in derivative duce (n.) “duck” (but there are cognate words in other Germanic languages, e.g. Old High German tuhhan “to dip,” German tauchen “to dive,” Old Frisian duka, Middle Dutch duken “to dip, dive,” Dutch duiken), from Proto-Germanic *dukjan.
Sense of “bend, stoop quickly” is first recorded in English 1520s. Related: Ducked; ducking. The noun is attested from 1550s in the sense of “quick stoop;” meaning “a plunge, dip” is from 1843.
dead duck, fuck a duck, have one’s ducks in a row, knee-high to a grasshopper, lame duck, ruptured duck, sitting duck
noun 1. (def 1). noun 1. a children’s game in which one player stands guard over a stone on a rock while the other players attempt to knock it off by throwing another stone in turn: if the thrower is tagged by the guard while trying to recover the stone, the two players then change […]
noun A person of short stature (1930s+)
- Dulce de leche
noun a Latin-American concoction of caramel and sweet cream, as a spread or flavoring for something like ice cream Word Origin Spanish ‘milk jam’ or ‘sweet milk’ Usage Note cooking
[doo l-ke et de-koh-room est proh pah-tree-ah moh-ree; English duhl-see et di-kawr-uh m est proh pey-tree-uh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, -kohr-uh m] /ˈdʊl kɛ ɛt dɛˈkoʊ rum ɛst proʊ ˈpɑ triˌɑ ˈmoʊ ri; English ˈdʌl si ɛt dɪˈkɔr əm ɛst proʊ ˈpeɪ tri ə ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, -ˈkoʊr əm/ Latin. 1. sweet and fitting it is […]