quack1 [kwæk] v
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: From the sound]
to make the sound that ducks make
quack 2
quack2 [i]n
[Sense: 1; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: QUACK1]
[Sense: 2-3; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: quacksalver 'quack' (16-19 centuries), from early Dutch, probably from quacken 'to quack, talk' + salf 'cure']
1.) the sound a duck makes
2.) someone who pretends to be a doctor - used in order to show disapproval
quacks selling weight-loss drugs
3.) BrE informal a doctor
You'd better go and see the quack with that burn.
quack 3
quack3 adj [only before noun]
relating to the activities or medicines of someone who pretends to be a doctor
a quack remedy

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