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
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Examples from the Web for peckings

  • In most cases his peckings in the wood are so shallow that no scar or record is found.

British Dictionary definitions for peckings (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 peckings (2 of 3)

peck

2
/ (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 peckings (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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