1. [ verb ] to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away

: "Before he could duck, another stone struck him."

Related terms: move
2. [ noun ] (zoology) small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Related terms: anseriform_bird quack-quack mallard duckling drake sheldrake bufflehead black_duck teal widgeon shoveler diving_duck ruddy_duck dabbling_duck pintail goldeneye canvasback pochard redhead scaup wild_duck wood_duck mandarin_duck muscovy_duck sea_duck Anatidae duck_down
3. [ verb ] submerge or plunge suddenly
Related terms: dive ducking
4. [ verb ] dip into a liquid
Synonyms: douse dip

: "He dipped into the pool"

Related terms: dunk ducking
5. [ verb ] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
Synonyms: sidestep evade skirt hedge dodge circumvent put_off elude parry fudge

"He dodged the issue" "she skirted the problem" "They tend to evade their responsibilities" "he evaded the questions skillfully"

Related terms: avoid quibble dodge evasion circumvention equivocator hedge
6. [ noun ] (in cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
Synonyms: duck's_egg
Related terms: score cricket
7. [ noun ] (chemistry,food) flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
Related terms: poultry duckling
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 5998
9. [ noun ] (clothing) a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
Related terms: fabric
Similar spelling:   ducky