peck

1
[ pek ]
/ pɛk /
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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.

Origin of peck

1
1250–1300; Middle English pek < Old French < ?
Can be confusedpecks pecs

Definition for peck (2 of 3)

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

Definition for peck (3 of 3)

Peck

[ pek ]
/ pɛk /

noun

Annie Smith,1850–1935, U.S. mountain climber.
Gregory,1916–2003, U.S. actor.

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British Dictionary definitions for peck (1 of 3)

peck

1
/ (pɛk) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for peck (2 of 3)

peck

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/ (pɛk) /

verb


noun

Word Origin for peck

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

British Dictionary definitions for peck (3 of 3)

Peck

/ (pɛk) /

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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