Definition of duck verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    duck

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they duck
    BrE BrE//dʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌk//
     
    he / she / it ducks
    BrE BrE//dʌks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌks//
     
    past simple ducked
    BrE BrE//dʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌkt//
     
    past participle ducked
    BrE BrE//dʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌkt//
     
    -ing form ducking
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move your head or body downwards to avoid being hit or seen He had to duck as he came through the door. duck (down) (behind/under something) We ducked down behind the wall so they wouldn't see us. He ducked under the overhanging branches. He just managed to duck out of sight. duck something She ducked her head and got into the car.
  2. 2[transitive] duck something to avoid something by moving your head or body out of the way synonym dodge He ducked the first few blows then started to fight back.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move somewhere quickly, especially in order to avoid being seen She ducked into the adjoining room as we came in.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] (rather informal) to avoid a difficult or unpleasant duty or responsibility duck out of something It's his turn to cook dinner, but I bet he'll try to duck out of it. duck something The government is ducking the issue.
  5. 5(North American English dunk) [transitive] duck somebody to push somebody underwater and hold them there for a short time The kids were ducking each other in the pool.
  6. Word Originverb Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen ‘dive, dip, plunge’, also to duck, the bird. Extra examplesHe had to duck through the low doorway. He just managed to duck out of sight. I ducked down behind the table. She ducked under the railings and ran towards him. He ducked the first few blows, then started to fight back. It’s his turn to cook dinner, but I bet he’ll try to duck out of it. We ducked down behind the wall.
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