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.
  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 Old French quanart ‎(duck), from the same onomatopeotic root as caner ‎(cackle, prattle).

The following hypothesis is considered unlikely by TNLFi: 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)
  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

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

canard m (plural canards)

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