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A duck in a spring with its wings outstretched.
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Etymology

Old English duce

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
duck

Plural
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  1. An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
  2. Specifically, an adult female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.
  3. The flesh of a duck used as food.
  4. (cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
  5. (UK, especially Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Dear, Mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
    Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?
  6. (slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
  7. A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", from "Selected Short Stories":
    He was dressed in a Jaeger vest—a pair of blue duck trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
  8. A partly-flooded cave passage with limited airspace.

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Verb

Infinitive
to duck

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to duck (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To lower the head in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  2. (transitive) To lower (something) into water.
  3. (transitive) To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  4. (transitive) To try to evade doing something.

Synonyms

  • (to lower the head): duck down
  • (to lower into the water): dip, dunk
  • (to lower in order to prevent it from being struck by something): dip

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