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.
  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 (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). Specifically, the term Canard refers to a tactic used by a parent duck to deceptively draw a predator away from its offspring or nest by quacking and feigning a broken wing. In other words the "Canard" or "Duck" is lying.

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)
  2. drake (male duck)
  3. (slang, familiar) newspaper
    Le canard enchaîné
  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