noun \ˈbēk\

: the hard usually pointed parts that cover a bird's mouth

: a person's nose

Full Definition of BEAK

a :  the bill of a bird; especially :  a strong short broad bill
b (1) :  the elongated sucking mouth of some insects (as the true bugs)
(2) :  any of various rigid projecting mouth structures (as of a turtle)
c :  the human nose
:  a pointed structure or formation:
a :  a metal-pointed beam projecting from the bow especially of an ancient galley for piercing an enemy ship
b :  the spout of a vessel
c :  a continuous slight architectural projection ending in an arris — see molding illustration
d :  a process suggesting the beak of a bird
chiefly British
a :  magistrate
b :  headmaster
beaked \ˈbēkt\ adjective
beaky \ˈbē-kē\ adjective

Examples of BEAK

  1. the beak of a hawk
  2. an actor with a big beak

Origin of BEAK

Middle English bec, from Anglo-French, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to BEAK

BEAKED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈbēk\

Definition of BEAK for Kids

:  the bill of a bird <an eagle's beak>
:  a part shaped like or resembling a bird's bill <a turtle's beak>
beaked \ˈbēkt\ adjective <a long-beaked bird>
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