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1peck

noun \ˈpek\

Definition of PECK

1
— see weight table
2
:  a large quantity or number

Origin of PECK

Middle English pek, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain

2peck

verb

of a bird : to strike sharply at something with the beak

: to make (something) by pecking with the beak

: to kiss (someone) lightly and quickly

Full Definition of PECK

transitive verb
1
a :  to strike or pierce especially repeatedly with the bill or a pointed tool
b :  to make by pecking <peck a hole>
2
:  to pick up with the bill
intransitive verb
1
a :  to strike, pierce, or pick up something with or as if with the bill
b :  carp, nag
2
:  to eat reluctantly and in small bites <peck at food>

Examples of PECK

  1. The hen pecked my finger.
  2. The woodpecker pecked a hole in the tree.
  3. He pecked his wife on the cheek as he headed out the door.

Origin of PECK

Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German pekken
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PECK

3peck

noun

Definition of PECK

1
:  an impression or hole made by pecking
2
:  a quick sharp stroke
3
:  a quick light kiss <a peck on the cheek>

First Known Use of PECK

circa 1591
PECK Defined for Kids

1peck

verb \ˈpek\
peckedpeck·ing

Definition of PECK for Kids

1
:  to strike or pick up with the beak or a sharp instrument (as a pick) <Birds pecked the cherries that filled the tree.>
2
:  to make by striking with the beak or a sharp instrument <Birds pecked holes.>

2peck

noun

Definition of PECK for Kids

1
:  a unit of capacity equal to one quarter of a bushel
2
:  a great deal :  a large quantity <She's in a peck of trouble.>

3peck

noun

Definition of PECK for Kids

1
:  the act of striking with the bill or with a sharp instrument
2
:  a mark made by striking with the bill or with a sharp instrument

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