peck

noun (1)
\ ˈpek How to pronounce peck (audio) \

Definition of peck

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₄ bushel — see Weights and Measures Table
2 : a large quantity or number

peck

verb
pecked; pecking; pecks

Definition of peck (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

1a : 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

peck

noun (2)

Definition of peck (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Synonyms for peck

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of peck in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of peck

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peck

Noun (1)

Middle English pek, from Anglo-French

Verb

Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German pekken

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“Peck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peck. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for peck

peck

verb
\ ˈpek How to pronounce peck (audio) \
pecked; pecking

Kids Definition of peck

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.

peck

noun

Kids Definition of peck (Entry 2 of 3)

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.

peck

noun

Kids Definition of peck (Entry 3 of 3)

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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