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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)

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.

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."