canard

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French canard ‎(duck).

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Noun[edit]

canard ‎(plural canards)

  1. A false or misleading report or story, especially if deliberately so.
    • 2005, The New Yorker, 29 August, page 78.
      It’s a cinch, now that Spurling has cleared away a century’s worth of misapprehensions and canards.
    • 2014 August 20, “Why Jews are worried [print version: International New York Times, 22 August 2014, p. 8]”[1], The New York Times:
      [W]hen a Hamas spokesman recently stood by his statement that Jews used the blood of non-Jewish children for their matzos – one of the oldest anti-Semitic canards around – European elites were largely silent.
  2. (aeronautics) A type of aircraft in which the primary horizontal control and stabilization surfaces are in front of the main wing.
  3. (transport, engineering) Any small winglike structure on a vehicle, usually used for stabilization.

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  • (false or misleading report or story): hoax

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French canard, from Old French quanart ‎(duck), from cane ‎(duck) + -ard. Perhaps from the same onomatopeotic root as caner ‎(cackle, prattle).

Alternatively from Middle French canard ‎(duck, male duck), from cane ‎(duck, female duck, literally floater, little boat), from Old French cane ‎(boat, ship", also "waterbird), from Middle Low German kane ‎(boat), from Proto-Germanic *kanô ‎(boat, vessel), from Proto-Indo-European *gan-, *gandʰ- ‎(vessel, tub). Cognate with Norwegian kane ‎(swan-shaped vessel), Dutch kaan ‎(boat), German Kahn ‎(boat), Old Norse kæna ‎(little boat), and possibly Old Norse knǫrr ‎(ship) (whence also Late Latin canardus ‎(ship), from Germanic; and Old English cnearr ‎(merchant ship)). Related to French canot ‎(little boat).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ka.naʁ/
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  • Rhymes: -aʁ
  • Homophone: canards

Noun[edit]

canard m ‎(plural canards, feminine cane)

  1. duck (of either sex)
    • Erik Verdonck, Foie gras & canard: Les meilleures recettes d'Upignac, 2005, 12.
      Aujourd'hui, le réseau de restaurants franchisés permet de faire connaître d'autres produits à base de canard au grand public et d'inspirer les gourmets et les cuisiniers amateurs.
    • Hans Christian Andersen, Le vilain petit canard: Contes et Histoires pour enfants, Primento, 2014.
      Le pauvre canard en eut assez de toutes ces railleries et il décida de s'en aller.
  2. drake (male duck)
    • "Économie usuelle", in M. Matthieu Bonafous, De la culture des murier et de l'éducation des vers a soie, 1836, 756.
      Il est facile de distinguer le canard commun de la cane. Le mâle est plus gros que la femelle; il a aussi la voix plus forte et le plumage plus éclatant; mais le signe le plus saillant, c'est un assemblage de plusiers plumes retroussées que le mâle portes sur le croupion, à l'origine de la queue. Le canard et la cane sont propres à l'accouplement jusqu'à trois ou quatre ans; il faut les remplacer à cet âge par des sujest plus jeunes. Un canard suffit pour dix ou douze canes.
  3. (slang, familiar) newspaper
    Le canard enchaîné
    • Jérémy Bouquin, Entrailles, 2015, 6.
      Duval ne répond pas, il a lu le canard, cette affaire de cambriole.
    • Gérard Valbert, La saison des armours, 2000, 18.
      Usant de gros titres, le canard met en garde la population.
  4. (slang, familiar) a man who complies with every desire of his partner in order to avoid conflict
  5. (slang, familiar) a man who tries to attract women by offering them gifts

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

canard m ‎(invariable)

  1. canard, hoax

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

canard m (plural canards)

  1. (aeronautics) canard (type of aircraft)
  2. (transport, engineering) canard (winglike structure on a vehicle)