- Peck means a quick and casual kiss.
An example of a peck is a kiss on the cheek.
- The definition of a peck is a unit of dry measurement.
An example of a peck is eight dry quarts.
- Peck is defined as to hit an object with something sharp, pick something up or make a hole with a beak.
An example of peck is a bird hitting a person on the head with their beak.
Chickens pecking in the yard.
peck definition by Webster's New World
- to strike with a pointed object, as with a beak
- to make by doing this: to peck a hole
- to pick up with the beak; get by pecking
Origin: Middle English pecken, variant, variety of picken, pick, in specialized senses
- a stroke so made, as with the beak
- a mark made as by pecking
- Informal a quick, casual kiss: a peck on the forehead
- a unit of dry measure, equal to bushel or 8 dry quarts (8.8096 dry liters or 0.3111 cubic foot): abbrev. pk
- any container with a capacity of one peck
- Informal a large amount, as of trouble
Origin: Middle English pek ; from Old French probably ; from Midieval Latin bika, liquid measure, ultimately ; from Classical Greek bikos, wine jar: see beaker
peck definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pecked, peck·ing, pecks verb, transitive
- To strike with the beak or a pointed instrument.
- To make (a hole, for example) by striking repeatedly with the beak or a pointed instrument.
- To grasp and pick up with the beak: The bird pecked insects from the log.
- Informal To kiss briefly and casually.
- To make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.
- To eat in small sparing bits; nibble: He pecked at his dinner.
- To criticize repeatedly; carp.
- a. A stroke or light blow with the beak or a pointed instrument.b. A mark or hole made by such a stroke.
- Informal A light quick kiss.
Origin: Middle English pecken, probably variant of piken, to peck (perhaps influenced by Middle Low German pekken); see pick1.
- Abbr. pk.a. A unit of dry volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System equal to 8 quarts or approximately 537.6 cubic inches.b. A unit of dry volume or capacity in the British Imperial System equal to 8 quarts or approximately 554.8 cubic inches. See Table at measurement.
- A container holding or measuring a peck.
- Informal A large quantity; a lot: a peck of troubles.
Origin: Middle English.
, Annie Smith 1850-1935.
, Gregory 1916-2003.
peck - Phrases/Idioms
- to make a pecking motion at
- Informal to eat very little of; eat carefully or sparingly
- Informal to criticize or find fault with constantly