Definition of "duck" []

  • Any of various wild or domesticated swimming birds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad, flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet. (noun)
  • A female duck. (noun)
  • The flesh of a duck used as food. (noun)
  • Slang A person, especially one thought of as peculiar. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A dear. Often used in the plural with a singular verb. (noun)
  • Any of various small aquatic birds of the family Anatidae, typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order Anseriformes (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The flesh of this bird, used as food (noun)
  • The female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (drake) (noun)
  • Any other bird of the family Anatidae, including geese and swans (noun)
  • Dear or darling: used as a term of endearment or of general address (noun)
  • A person, esp one regarded as odd or endearing (noun)
  • A score of nothing by a batsman (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "duck" in a sentence
  • "The "bean counting" approach to qualifying students with standardized tests, curriculum, etc. has led to what Asian students call a "duck feeding" approach to education for westerners unfamiliar with the term "duck feeding," think about how foie gras is produced with the student being the duck, and education being the food that they force down their throats."
  • "You can certainly see where the term duck egg blue evolved from."
  • "If it walks like a duck is a fallacious argument when the people who claim as much are using a straw man."