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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Quack
  1. To utter a sound like the cry of a duck.
  2. To make vain and loud pretensions; to boast."To quackof universal cures." [Hudibras.]
  3. To act the part of a quack, or pretender.

Etymology: Of imitative origin; cf. D. kwaken, G. quacken quaken, Icel. kvaka to twitter

noun Quack
  1. The cry of the duck, or a sound in imitation of it; a hoarse, quacking noise.
  2. Etymology: Cf. Quacksalver

    A boastful pretender to medical skill; an empiric; an ignorant practitioner.
  3. Hence, one who boastfully pretends to skill or knowledge of any kind not possessed; a charlatan." Quacks political; quacks scientific, academical." [Carlyle.]
adjective Quack
Pertaining to or characterized by, boasting and pretension; used by quacks; pretending to cure diseases; as, a quack medicine; a quack doctor.
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  1. The harsh sound of a duck
  2. An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
  3. Act as a medical quack or a charlatan
  4. Utter quacking noises ("The ducks quacked")
  5. Medically unqualified ("a quack doctor")

From Middle English *quacken, queken (“to croak like a frog; make a noise like a duck, goose, or quail”), from quack, qwacke, quek, queke (“quack”, interjection and noun), also kek, keke, whec-, partly of imitative origin and partly from Middle Dutch quacken (“to croak, quack”), from Old Dutch *kwaken (“to croak, quack”), from Proto-Germanic *kwakaną, *kwakōną (“to croak”), of imitative origin. Cognate with Saterland Frisian kwoakje, kwaakje (“to quack”), Middle Low German quaken (“to quack, croak”), German quaken (“to quack, croak”), Danish kvække (“to croak”), Swedish kväka (“to croak, quackle”), Norwegian kvekke (“to croak”), Icelandic kvaka (“to twitter, chirp”).

  1. The sound made by a duck.
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c 1630, clipping of quacksalver, from Middle Dutch kwaksalver (“hawker of salve”) (Dutch kwakzalver), from quacken (“to brag, boast; to croak”)

  1. A fraudulent healer or incompetent professional, especially a doctor of medicine; an impostor who claims to have qualifications to practice medicine.
  2. A charlatan.
  3. (slang) A doctor.

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    • When was the first name Quack first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Quack is Sunday, March 11th, 1906.
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    Past life for Quack born Sep 3, 1932

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern China approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

    You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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