Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

duck

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun duck pronunciation in British English /dʌk/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularduck
pluralducks
  1. 1
    [countable] a water bird with short legs, webbed feet (=with skin between the toes), and a large flat beak
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of duck
    1. a.
      a female duck. The male is called a drake.
      Synonyms and related words for this sense of duck
    2. b.
      [uncountable] the meat of a duck

      roast duck

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of duck
    3. c.
      [only before noun] relating to ducks

      duck feathers

  2. 2
    [countable] a zero score by a batsman in a game of cricket
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of duck
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of duck
  3. 3

    duck or ducks

    [countable] British spoken used for talking to someone you like

    How are you, duck?

phrase

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog