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After a cartoon character. See Donald Duck at Wikipedia.
- One of the Disney characters, an anthropomorphic white-feathered cartoon duck who usually wears a sailor suit and is known for his voice especially in tantrums.
1941, “Screwy Hall Of Fame Presents A Quack”, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
- Single-handed [sic] he swung the staid Western Union from its ordinary singing-telegram policy to the point where local patrons can request that their greeting be sung in Donald Duck voice.
- 1945, Ernie Pyle, David Nichols ed., Ernie's war: the best of Ernie Pyle's World War II dispatches (1987), Touchstone Books, p 399:
- And then the most Donald Duck-like screaming and jabbering you ever heard.
1992 April, Gene Bylinsky, “A U.S. Comeback in Electronics”, in Fortune, volume 125, number 8, page 77:
- DSP can also eliminate ghost images from TV screens and banish those irritating Donald Duck squeaks and quacks from speeded-up playback of tape-recorded voice messages.
1992 May, Sturat F. Brown, “Earthwinds Waits on the Weather”, in Popular Science, volume 240, number 5, page 80:
- Perched securely in the rafters and using a walkie-talkie to communicate with colleagues on the airdock's floor, Lachenmeier was amused to find his voice had risen into the Donald Duck register due to the bubble of escaping helium spreading along the ceiling.
- (astronomy) Asteroid 12410.
one of the Disney characters