beak

noun \ ˈbēk \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of beak

1 a : the bill of a bird; especially : a strong short broad bill
b (1) : the elongated sucking mouth of some insects (such as the true bugs)
(2) : any of various rigid projecting mouth structures (as of a turtle)
c : the human nose
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 chiefly British

beaked

play \ˈbēkt\ adjective

beaky

play \ˈbē-kē\ adjective

Examples of beak in a Sentence

  1. the beak of a hawk

  2. an actor with a big beak

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Origin and Etymology of beak

Middle English bec, from Anglo-French, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin

beak Synonyms

Synonyms
bill, neb, nib
Related Words
mouth; muzzle; mandible, maw, maxilla

BEAK Defined for English Language Learners

beak

noun

Definition of beak for English Language Learners

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

  • : a person's nose


BEAK Defined for Kids

beak

noun \ ˈbēk \

Definition of beak for Students

1 : the bill of a bird
  • an eagle's beak
2 : 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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