duck: Meaning and Definition of
— pl. ducks, duck.
- any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, esp. of the genus Anas and allied genera, characterized by abroad, flat bill, short legs, and depressed body.
- the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male. Cf. drake.
- the flesh of this bird, eaten as food.
- person; individual: He's the queer old duck with the knee-length gaiters and walrus mustache.
- a playing marble, esp. one that is not used as a shooter.
- to be out for a duck.
- failure of a batsman to score:to be out for a duck.
- a player's score of zero:to be bowled for a duck.Cf. goose egg.
- something that has little or no effect: Our criticisms of his talk rolled off him like water off a duck's back.
- 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.
- to play a card lower than the card led.
- 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.
- to play a card lower than (the card led).
- an act or instance of ducking.
- a heavy, plain-weave cotton fabric for tents, clothing, bags, etc., in any of various weights and widths.
- slacks or trousers made of this material.
- an amphibious military truck.
- duck (Thesaurus)
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