- 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[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[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[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(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. Word Originverb Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen
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//