From (etyl) .
To lower the head or body in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
To lower (something) into water; to thrust or plunge under liquid and suddenly withdraw.
To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to plunge one's head into water or other liquid.
- Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub.
To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
- In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day.
- (Jonathan Swift)
To evade doing something.
To lower the volume of (a sound) so that other sounds in the mix can be heard more clearly.
* 2007 , Alexander U. Case, Sound FX: unlocking the creative potential of recording studio effects (page 183)
- The learned pate / Ducks to the golden fool.
- The music is ducked under the voice.
* (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
* duck and cover
* duck out
From (etyl) ducke, dukke, doke, dokke, douke, duke, from (etyl) duce, .
An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
Specifically'', an adult female duck; ''contrasted with'' drake ''and with duckling.
(uncountable) The flesh of a duck used as food.
(cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
(slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
A partly-flooded cave passage with limited air space.
A building intentionally constructed in the shape of an everyday object to which it is related.
* 2007 , Cynthia Blair, "It Happened on Long Island: 1988—Suffolk County Adopts the Big Duck," , 21 Feb.:
- A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.
A marble to be shot at with another marble (the shooter) in children's games.
(US) A cairn used to mark a trail.
- The Big Duck has influenced the world of architecture; any building that is shaped like its product is called a ‘duck ’.
* (bird) Anas platyrhynchos (domesticus), Mallard-derived domestic breeds, including Pekin, Rouen, Campbell, Call, Runner; Cairina moschata, Muscovy duck
* break one’s duck, break the duck
* Burdekin duck
* dabbling duck
* decoy duck
* diving duck
* ducks and drakes
* ducks on the pond
* hunt where the ducks are
* lame duck
* Lord love a duck
* odd duck
* Peking duck
* rubber duck
* sitting duck
* take to something like a duck to water
* Weisenberg, Michael (2000)
The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
From (etyl) doek, from (etyl) doeck, .
* (l), (l) (Scotland)
A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
* 1912 , , "The Woman At The Store", from Selected Short Stories :
Trousers made of such material.
*1918 , (Rebecca West), The Return of the Soldier , Virago 2014, p. 56:
*:And they would go up and find old Allington, in white ducks , standing in the fringe of long grasses and cow-parsley on the other edge of the island […].
- He was dressed in a Jaeger vest—a pair of blue duck trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
(central England). From (etyl) .
A term of endearment; pet; darling.
Dear, mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
- And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck (William Shakespeare - The Life of King Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 3).
- Ay up duck , ow'a'tha?
* ay up me duck
(en proper noun
* 1816 , Old Mortality , Samuel H. Parker, 1836, page 232
* 1980 , The Glass House, a Novella and Stories , Viking Press, 1980, ISBN 0670341797, page 76:
- "Country?" replied Cuddie; "ou, the country's weel eneugh, and it werena that dour deevil, Calver'se, ( they ca' him Dundee now) that's stirring about yet in the Highlands, they say, with a' the Donalds , and Duncans, and Dugalds, that ever wore bottomless breeks, driving about wi' him, to set things asteer again, - - -
* 1991 , Donald Duk , Coffee House Press, 1991, ISBN 0918273838, page 1
- My friends call me Terry. My husband always used my full name, Teresa. He said it made him feel like he was married to a foreign woman. And I never called him Don or Donny or Donny Joe. I called him Donald from the first time we met.
- Donald' Duk never liked his name. He hates his name. He is not a duck. He is not a cartoon character. - - - "Only the Chinese are stupid enough to give a kid a stupid name like '''Donald''' Duk," ' Donald Duk says to himself.
*Popular in all English-speaking countries in the first half of the 20th century.
* Donald Duck
* (pet forms) Don, Donnie, Donny
* (female given name) Donna