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"duck" in British English

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ducknoun

uk   /dʌk/ us   /dʌk/
  • duck noun (BIRD)

A2 [C] a bird that lives by water and has webbed feet (= feet with skin between the toes), a short neck, and a large beak
[U] the meat of this bird

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  • duck noun (PERSON)

[C] UK old-fashioned informal also ducks a friendly way of talking to someone you like: [as form of address] Come and sit beside me, duck.

duckverb

uk   /dʌk/ us   /dʌk/
[I or T] to move your head or the top part of your body quickly down, especially to avoid being hit: I saw the ball hurtling towards me and ducked (down). Duck your head or you'll bang it on the doorframe.
[T] to push someone underwater for a short time: The boys were splashing around and ducking each other in the pool.
[I + adv/prep] to move quickly to a place, especially in order not to be seen: When he saw them coming, he ducked into a doorway.
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(Definition of duck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"duck" in American English

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ducknoun [C/U]

us   /dʌk/
a bird that lives by water and has short legs with webbed feet (= feet with toes joined by skin), or the meat of this bird

duckverb [I/T]

us   /dʌk/
to move your head or the top part of your body quickly down, esp. to avoid being hit: [T] Duck your head or you’ll bang it on the door frame. [I] She ducked below the surface of the rippling water.
To duck is also to move quickly to a place, esp. in order not to be seen: [I] When he saw them coming, he ducked into a store.
To duck a subject or question is to avoid it: [T] He accused the president of ducking the issue of campaign finance reform.
(Definition of duck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “duck”
in Korean 오리…
in Arabic بَط…
in Malaysian membenamkan, tunduk…
in French plonger dans l’eau, faire boire la tasse, se baisser brusquement…
in Russian утка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鳥, 鴨子, 鴨肉…
in Italian anatra…
in Turkish ördek…
in Polish kaczka…
in Spanish hundir, sumergir, agachar…
in Vietnamese dìm nhanh xuống nước, chúi đầu xuống…
in Portuguese pato…
in Thai ดำน้ำ, หลบ…
in German untertauchen, sich ducken…
in Catalan ànec…
in Japanese アヒル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鸟, 鸭子, 鸭肉…
in Indonesian membenamkan, menghindari…
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