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Noun: duck  dúk
  1. Small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
  2. Flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
  3. A heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
  4. [Brit, informal] Someone who is loved (used as term of endearment)
    - beloved, dear, dearest, honey [informal], love, darling, sweetheart, sugar [informal], baby [informal], hon [informal]
  5. (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
    - duck's egg
Verb: duck  dúk
  1. To move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
    "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"
  2. Submerge or plunge suddenly
  3. Immerse into a liquid
    "He ducked into the pool";
    - dip, douse
  4. [informal] Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    - hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, sidestep, finesse, circumnavigate

Derived forms: ducks, ducked, ducking

Type of: anseriform bird, avoid, cloth, dip, dive, douse, dunk, fabric, lover, material, move, plunge, plunk, poultry, score, souse, textile

Part of: Anatidae, family Anatidae

Encyclopedia: Duck, Stephen