beak

[ beek ]
/ bik /

noun

Origin of beak

1175–1225; Middle English bec < Old French < Latin beccus < Gaulish

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British Dictionary definitions for beak (1 of 2)

beak

1
/ (biːk) /

noun


Derived Forms

beaked (biːkt), adjectivebeakless, adjectivebeaklike, adjectivebeaky, adjective

Word Origin for beak

C13: from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin

British Dictionary definitions for beak (2 of 2)

beak

2
/ (biːk) /

noun

a Brit slang word for judge, magistrate, headmaster, schoolmaster

Word Origin for beak

C19: originally thieves' jargon
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