peck

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[ 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.

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

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 ]
/ 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

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

verb

noun

Word Origin for peck

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

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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Word Origin and History for peck
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