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pecker

[pek-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that pecks.
  2. a bird's bill.
  3. a woodpecker.
  4. Slang: Vulgar. penis.
  5. British Slang. one's spirits or courage.

Origin of pecker

First recorded in 1580–90; peck2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for pecker

Historical Examples

  • I think we shall run in the kidnappers; keep your pecker up.

    The Disentanglers

    Andrew Lang

  • But that's ontry nous, dont cher know; keep my pecker hup proper out 'ere.

  • Keep your pecker up, James,' he added, in a tone which the patron and the bully spoke at once.

  • The pecker P (also tempered hard) is mounted on the cast-iron weight W, which in turn is pivoted on the valve lever L.

  • This effectually prevents any sticking, should a superfluity of oil happen to get on either block or pecker.


British Dictionary definitions for pecker

pecker

noun
  1. British slang spirits (esp in the phrase keep one's pecker up)
  2. informal short for woodpecker
  3. US and Canadian slang a slang word for penis
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Word Origin and History for pecker

n.

"one who pecks," 1690s, agent noun from peck (v.); slang sense of "penis" is from 1902.

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