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peck

noun \ ˈpek \

Definition of peck

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

Origin and Etymology of peck

Middle English pek, from Anglo-French

Other Weights and Measures Terms


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peck

verb

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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of peck

Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German pekken

peck Synonyms

Synonyms
nibble, pick
Related Words
graze, nosh, snack; taste
Near Antonyms
gorge, gormandize, overeat, pig out, swill

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peck

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 English Language Learners

peck

verb

Definition of peck for English Language Learners

  • 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


PECK Defined for Kids

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peck

verb \ ˈpek \

Definition of peck for Students

pecked; pecking
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.

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peck

noun

Definition of peck for Students

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.

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peck

noun

Definition of peck for Students

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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