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]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [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).

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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)