peck

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noun

a dry measure of 8 quarts; the fourth part of a bushel, equal to 537.6 cubic inches (8.81 liters).
a container for measuring this quantity. Abbreviation: pk, pk.
a considerable quantity: a peck of trouble.

Nearby words

  1. peccatophobia,
  2. peccavi,
  3. pech,
  4. pechenga,
  5. pechora,
  6. peck's bad boy,
  7. peck, gregory,
  8. pecker,
  9. peckerwood,
  10. pecking

Origin of peck

1
1250–1300; Middle English pek < Old French < ?

Can be confusedpecks pecs

peck

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[pek]

verb (used with object)

to strike or indent with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument, especially with quick, repeated movements.
to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by such strokes; pierce.
to take (food) bit by bit, with or as with the beak.

verb (used without object)

to make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.

noun

a quick stroke, as in pecking.
a hole or mark made by or as by pecking.
a quick, almost impersonal kiss: a peck on the cheek.
(in timber) incipient decay from fungi, occurring in isolated spots.
pecks. Also peck·ings. Slang. food.

Verb Phrases

peck at,
  1. to nibble indifferently or unenthusiastically at (food).
  2. to nag or carp at: Stop pecking at me, I'm doing the best I can.

Origin of peck

2
1300–50; Middle English pecke < Middle Dutch pecken; akin to pick1

SYNONYMS FOR peck
10a. pick at, poke at.

Related formsun·pecked, adjective

Peck

[pek]

noun

Annie Smith,1850–1935, U.S. mountain climber.
Gregory,1916–2003, U.S. actor.
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British Dictionary definitions for peck

peck

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noun

a unit of dry measure equal to 8 quarts or one quarter of a bushel
a container used for measuring this quantity
a large quantity or number

Word Origin for peck

C13: from Anglo-Norman, of uncertain origin

verb

(when intr, sometimes foll by at) to strike with the beak or with a pointed instrument
(tr sometimes foll by out) to dig (a hole) by pecking
(tr) (of birds) to pick up (corn, worms, etc) by pecking
(intr often foll by at) to nibble or pick (at one's food)
informal to kiss (a person) quickly and lightly
(intr foll by at) to nag

noun

a quick light blow, esp from a bird's beak
a mark made by such a blow
informal a quick light kiss

Word Origin for peck

C14: of uncertain origin; compare pick 1, Middle Low German pekken to jab with the beak

Peck

noun

Gregory. 1916–2003, US film actor; his films include Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Gunfighter (1950), The Big Country (1958), To Kill a Mockingbird (1963), The Omen (1976), and Other People's Money (1991)
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Word Origin and History for peck
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