A Word A Day : Canard

Saturday, 15th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ke-naard

1. a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor

2. Cookery: a duck intended or used for food

3. Aeronautics:

(A):an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of the wing.

(B):Also called canard wing. one of two small lifting wings located in front of the main wings.

(C):an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator assembly in front of the wings.


French - duck, canard - probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié - to sell half a duck - to swindle, from Old French quanart, duck, from caner, to cackle, of imitative origin


cover-up, deceit, deception, dishonesty, dissimulation, distortion, equivocation, erroneousness, error, fable, fabrication, fakery, fallaciousness, fallacy, falseness, falsity, feigning, fib, fibbery, fiction, figment, fraud, half truth, hogwash, line, mendacity, misstatement, perjury, pretense, prevarication, sham, story, tale, untruism, untruth, untruthfulness, whopper, yarn


true statement, truth, verity

Contextual Examples:

• In London that night poor Henderson's telegram describing the gradual unscrewing of the shot was judged to be a canard.

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