duckduck1 /dʌk/ ●●●S3 noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable]HBB a very common water bird with short legs and a widebeak, used for its meat, eggs, and softfeathers2[countable]HBB a femaleduck → drake3[uncountable]DFF the meat of a duck used as food 🔊 roast duck with orange sauce4 →take to something like a duck to water5 (also ducks)FRIENDLYTALK TO somebody British English spoken used to speak to someone, especially a woman, in a friendly way 🔊 What can I get you, ducks?6[countable]DSC a score of zero by a batsman in a game of cricket →dead duck, lame duck, → like water off a duck’s backat water1(8), → ducks and drakes, sitting duckCOLLOCATIONSverbsa duck quacks (=makes the sound ducks make)The ducks on the river started quacking.a duck waddles (=walks moving its body from side to side)Ducks were waddling across the grass.a duck paddles (=swims by moving its feet under the water)Ducks and swans paddled towards us.a duck dives (=puts its head down under the water)A single wild duck was swimming and diving.a duck bobs (=moves up and down on the water)They watched the ducks bobbing up and down on the waves.duck + NOUNa duck pond (=a small area of water where there are ducks)The park has a duck pond which the children like.
ldoce_077_bduckduck2 verb 🔊 🔊 1 (also duck down) [intransitive, transitive]HIDE/NOT SHOW to lower your head or body very quickly, especially to avoid being seen or hit 🔊 If she hadn’t ducked, the ball would have hit her.duck behind/under etc 🔊 Jamie saw his father coming and ducked quickly behind the wall. 🔊 Tim ducked down to comb his hair in the mirror. 🔊 She ducked her head to look more closely at the inscription.2[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move somewhere very quickly, especially to avoid being seen or to get away from someoneduck into 🔊 The two men ducked into a block of flats and disappeared.duck out of 🔊 She ducked out of the door before he could stop her.duck back 🔊 ‘Wait a minute’, he called, ducking back inside.3[transitive] informalAVOID to avoid something, especially a difficult or unpleasantduty syn dodge 🔊 The ruling body wanted to duck the issue of whether players had been cheating. 🔊 Glazer ducked a question about his involvement in the bank scandal.4[transitive]DSS to push someone under water for a short time as a jokeduck somebody under something 🔊 Tom grabbed him from behind to duck him under the surface. →duck out of something→ See Verb table