[ US /ˈdək/ ]
[ UK /dˈʌk/ ]
VERB
  1. to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
    Before he could duck, another stone struck him
  2. dip into a liquid
    He dipped into the pool
  3. submerge or plunge suddenly
  4. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    They tend to evade their responsibilities
    he evaded the questions skillfully
    He dodged the issue
    she skirted the problem
NOUN
  1. small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
  2. (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
  3. a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
  4. flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
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How To Use duck In A Sentence

  • The plan is a dead duck: there's no money.
  • Even the normal Perigordine fare of duck la gras and truffles washed down with red wine and pastis has yielded in favour of Scottish food and drink in celebration of the Auld Alliance.
  • Overextension in the lower back results in this 'duck-like' posture. Times, Sunday Times
  • The main course was going to be a roast duck, served with cranberry stuffing and scalloped potatoes.
  • He chased the unmigratory tropi-ducks from their shrewd-hidden nests, walked circumspectly among the crocodiles hauled out of water for slumber, and crept under the jungle-roof and spied upon the snow-white saucy cockatoos, the fierce ospreys, the heavy-flighted buzzards, the lories and kingfishers, and the absurdly garrulous little pygmy parrots. CHAPTER XV
  • I went to the fountain and saw varieties of water plants like water lilies and duckweed.
  • What we do have here is a rather queer looking creature with a faceless Charlie Brown head, duck legs, two jointless yet pliable arms, and tentacles.
  • Simon ducked his head, cut a piece of ravioli in half with his fork and put it in his mouth.
  • This company's workhorse is lemna, also known as duckweed-a tiny, aquatic clonal plant that doubles its biomass every 36 hours-and is skilled at making proteins that mammalian cells struggle, and often fail, to produce. News from The Scientist
  • Stewards held back furious fans, and security personnel had to duck as objects seemed to be thrown. Times, Sunday Times
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