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From duck +‎ -burg. Coined by Carl Barks in 1944, for Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #49.


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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʌkbɝɡ/
  • Hyphenation: Duck‧burg

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A fictional city, located in the fictional US state of Calisota, that serves as the home of Donald Duck, his surrounding cast, and several other anthropomorphic animals.
    • 1999, Kathleen Sagmeister; Otto Kapfinger, Kunsthaus Bregenzaut, Architecture in Vorarlberg Since 1980: A Guide to 260 Noteworthy Buildings, Hatje, →ISBN:
      Self-contempt follows megalomania fast on its heels: The Vorarlberg Rhine valley has the settlement structure of Los Angeles – a Duckburg-like reduced Los Angeles to be sure, in which almost only Mickey Mice live, scarcely a Donald Duck, surely no Uncle Scrooge Duck, not even a Gladstone Gander (but many who conduct themselves as such).
    • 1999 August 6, grosse, “Re: where is springfield?”, in, Usenet[1], message-ID <1AEq3.97$>:
      And [Springfield is] east to Duckburg, Calistoa?[sic]
    • 2005, Charlotte Brunsdon & ‎David Morley, The Nationwide Television Studies, →ISBN:
      The nation 'Nationwide', like the inhabitants of Duckburg, seems to be principally concerned with the process of consumption. Unlike Duckburg, though, we consume principally in families -- entering the Supersize competions (Monday nights 1975) together, and even enlarging our family size together ('Citizen '76' Monday nights 1976).
    • 2012 October 5, Robyn Pennacchia, “Did Scrooge McDuck die in 1967?”, in Death and Taxes[2]:
      To this day, I am still confused about the fact that, in this town of anthropomorphic ducks (Duckburg, duh), there were non-anthropomorphic ducks that the anthropomorphic Ducks sometimes fed at the park, with absolutely no acknowledgment that they were one and the same species, or that the other ducks were technically naked by anthropomorphic Duck standards.
    • 2013 March 13, Louis Woodhill, “Sorry Paul Krugman, But We Still Need Say's Law”, in Forbes:
      Now, of course, some would argue that even if someone were stuffing a large fraction of the money supply into a money bin sitting on a hill in Duckburg, Say’s Law could continue to hold.
    • 2013, Damiano Brigo, ‎Massimo Morini, ‎& Andrea Pallavicini, Counterparty Credit Risk, Collateral and Funding, →ISBN:
      What if your counterparty is the airport of Duckburg? Where are you going to imply default probabilities from, let alone credit volatilities and credit-underlying "correlations”?

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Duckburg (plural Duckburgs)

  1. (slang, often derogatory) A small, rural, or provincial town.
    • 1980, Winston Groom, As Summers Die, Pocket Books, published 1995, →ISBN:
      Willie stuck out his hand and Skinner gave it a cursory squeeze, then breezed past him. “C'mon, man, get out of this here goddamn rain!” He sailed into the airport lobby and stopped up short. “My God,” he cried, “what a Duckburg this place is.” []
    • 1998, Les Standiford, Presidential Deal: A John Deal Mystery, published 2011, →ISBN, page 206:
      Let them lambast Miami, give the hundred-bestplaces-to-live-in awards to the Orlandos and the Duckburgs, let the walking oatmeal of the race go live in such places and leave Driscoll to his Doc Jameroskis and Ray Brisas and the guys off the street who'd take a dollar not to steal his hubcaps.


  • Tony Thorne (1994) Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, A. & C. Black, published 2007, →ISBN