duck Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"duck" in British English

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ducknoun

uk   us   /dʌk/

duck noun (BIRD)

A2 [C] a ​bird that ​lives by ​water and has webbedfeet (= ​feet with ​skin between the ​toes), a ​shortneck, and a ​largebeak [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   us   /dʌk/
[I or T] to ​moveyourhead or the ​toppart of ​yourbodyquickly down, ​especially to ​avoid being ​hit: I ​saw the ​ballhurtling towards me and ducked (down). Duck ​yourhead or you'll ​bang it on the ​doorframe. [T] to ​push someone ​underwater for a ​shorttime: The ​boys were ​splashing around and ducking each other in the ​pool. [I + adv/prep] to ​movequickly 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)

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ducknoun [C/U]

 us   /dʌk/

duck noun [C/U] (BIRD)

a ​bird that ​lives by ​water and has ​shortlegs with webbedfeet (= ​feet with ​toesjoined by ​skin), or the ​meat of this ​bird

duckverb [I/T]

 us   /dʌk/

duck verb [I/T] (MOVE)

to move ​yourhead or the ​toppart of ​yourbodyquickly down, esp. to ​avoid being ​hit: [T] Duck ​yourhead or you’ll ​bang it on the ​doorframe. [I] She ducked below the ​surface of the ​ripplingwater. 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 ​campaignfinancereform.
(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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