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Definition of Duck


  1. A pet; a darling.
  2. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.
  3. The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.
  4. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw.
  5. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy.
  6. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion.
  7. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.
  8. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.
  9. Any bird of the subfamily Anatinae, family Anatidae.
  10. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.

Duck Quotations

So I went to the Chinese restaurant and this duck came up to me with a red.
Tim Vine

I'm a very driven, ambitious, positive person. But I'm a spiritual person as well. I believe in creative visualization. So for me to go to America - which I find such a positive place - well, I took to it like a duck to water.
Victoria Beckham

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
Michael Caine

If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck's back.
Ellen Swallow Richards

He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.
Douglas William Jerrold
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Duck Translations

duck in Afrikaans is eend
duck in Danish is and
duck in Dutch is eend
duck in Finnish is sorsa
duck in French is cane, canard
duck in German is Ente
duck in Norwegian is and, dukke
duck in Portuguese is pato
duck in Spanish is pato
duck in Swedish is and, ducka, anka
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