- the bill of a bird; neb.
- any similar horny mouthpart in other animals, as the turtle or duckbill.
- anything beaklike or ending in a point, as the spout of a pitcher.
- Slang. a person's nose.
- Entomology. proboscis(def 3).
- Botany. a narrowed or prolonged tip.
- Nautical. (formerly) a metal or metal-sheathed projection from the bow of a warship, used to ram enemy vessels; ram; rostrum.
- Typography. a serif on the arm of a character, as of a K.
- Also called bird's beak. Architecture. a pendant molding forming a drip, as on the soffit of a cornice.
- Chiefly British Slang.
- a judge; magistrate.
- a schoolmaster.
Origin of beak
Examples from the Web for beaky
Historical Examples of beaky
"You have not been to see me for ever so long," said she, rubbing her beaky nose.A Coin of Edward VII
“Right you are, sir,” said Beaky Jem, staring with all his eyes.A Little World
George Manville Fenn
When the evening came, the master sat in his room with Beaky and Tweaky.The Giant Crab and Other Tales from Old India
She wanted him to hear; and she didn't care if he understood—him and his beaky mother!Far to Seek
But gradually the sounds died down, till there came the heavy-footed thud of the beaky.King of Ranleigh
F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
- the projecting jaws of a bird, covered with a horny sheath; bill
- any beaklike mouthpart in other animals, such as turtles
- slang a person's nose, esp one that is large, pointed, or hooked
- any projecting part, such as the pouring lip of a bucket
- architect the upper surface of a cornice, which slopes out to throw off water
- chem the part of a still or retort through which vapour passes to the condenser
- nautical another word for ram (def. 5)
Word Origin for beak
Word Origin for beak
mid-13c., "bird's bill," from Old French bec "beak," figuratively "mouth," also "tip or point of a nose, a lance, a ship, a shoe," from Latin beccus (cf. Italian becco, Spanish pico), said by Suetonius ("De vita Caesarum" 18) to be of Gaulish origin, perhaps from Gaulish beccus, possibly related to Celtic stem bacc- "hook." Or there may be a link in Old English becca "pickax, sharp end." Jocular sense of "human nose" is from 1854 (but also was used mid-15c. in the same sense).