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beak

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noun \ˈbēk\

Simple Definition of beak

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

  • : a person's nose

Full Definition of beak

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 chiefly British a :  magistrate b :  headmaster

beaked play \ˈbēkt\ adjective
beaky play \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



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