peck


peck
peck
peck1 [pek]
vt.
[ME pecken, var. of picken,PICK3, in specialized senses]
1. to strike with a pointed object, as with a beak
2. to make by doing this [to peck a hole]
3. to pick up with the beak; get by pecking
vi.
to make strokes as with a pointed object
n.
1. a stroke so made, as with the beak
2. a mark made as by pecking
3. Informal a quick, casual kiss [a peck on the forehead]
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peck at
1. to make a pecking motion at
2. Informal to eat very little of; eat carefully or sparingly
3. Informal to criticize or find fault with constantly
peck2 [pek]
n.
[ME pek < OFr, prob. < ML bika, liquid measure, ult. < Gr bikos, wine jar: see BEAKER]
1. a unit of dry measure, equal to 1/ 4 bushel or 8 dry quarts (8.8096 dry liters or 0.3111 cubic foot): abbrev. pk
2. any container with a capacity of one peck
3. Informal a large amount, as of trouble

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