Duck - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dʌk|  American pronunciation of the word duck
Brit.  |dʌk|  British pronunciation of the word duck


- small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
- (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
- flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
- a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents


- to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
- submerge or plunge suddenly
- dip into a liquid (syn: dip, douse)
- avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) (syn: circumvent, dodge, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, sidestep, skirt)


The ceiling was so low I had to duck.

The ceiling was so low I had to duck my head.

He ducked his head so they wouldn't see him.

We can't afford to duck the issue any longer.

They've been ducking each other for months.

She ducked into a store when it started to rain.

He ducked around a corner.

A male duck is a drake.

I can't quite make out this other duck.

He had to duck to get through the door.

Duck down behind this wall and then the policeman won't see you.

I say, duck her in the loch, and then we will see whether she is witch or not.

You can't duck out now, you made a solemn promise.

No parent can duck out of his duty to his children.

It's unlawful to try to duck out of paying taxes.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: duck
he/she/it: ducks
present participle: ducking
past tense: ducked
past participle: ducked
singular: duck
plural: ducks
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