Peck meaning

pĕk
Peck means a quick and casual kiss.

An example of a peck is a kiss on the cheek.

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To strike with the beak or a pointed instrument.
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To make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.
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To eat in small sparing bits; nibble.

He pecked at his dinner.

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To make (a hole, for example) by striking repeatedly with the beak or a pointed instrument.
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To grasp and pick up with the beak.

The bird pecked insects from the log.

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To kiss briefly and casually.
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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.

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A light quick kiss.
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To make repeated criticisms; carp.

Pecked at the kitchen staff.

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A container holding or measuring a peck.
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A large quantity; a lot.

A peck of troubles.

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To strike with a pointed object, as with a beak.
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To make by doing this.

To peck a hole.

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To pick up with the beak; get by pecking.
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To make strokes as with a pointed object.
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A stroke so made, as with the beak.
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A mark made as by pecking.
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A quick, casual kiss.

A peck on the forehead.

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A unit of dry measure, equal to14 bushel or 8 dry quarts (8.8096 dry liters or 0.3111 cubic foot)
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Any container with a capacity of one peck.
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A large amount, as of trouble.
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To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.

The birds pecked at their food.

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To form by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument.

To peck a hole in a tree.

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To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument, especially with repeated quick movements.
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To seize and pick up with the beak, or as if with the beak; to bite; to eat; often with up.

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To do something in small, intermittent pieces.

He has been pecking away at that project for some time now.

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To type by searching for each key individually.
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(rare) To type in general.
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To kiss briefly.
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An act of pecking.
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A small kiss.
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One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.

They picked a peck of wheat.

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A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.

She figured most children probably ate a peck of dirt before they turned ten.

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(regional) To throw.
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To lurch forward; especially, of a horse, to stumble after hitting the ground with the toe instead of teh flat of the foot.
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A city in Idaho.
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A village in Michigan.
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A town in Wisconsin.
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The definition of a peck is a unit of dry measurement.

An example of a peck is eight dry quarts.

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peck at
  • To make a pecking motion at.
  • To eat very little of; eat carefully or sparingly.
  • To criticize or find fault with constantly.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of peck

  • Middle English pecken probably variant of piken to peck (perhaps influenced by Middle Low German pekken) pick1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Probably from Anglo-Norman pek, pekke, of uncertain origin.
    From Wiktionary
  • Variant of pick (“use pointed implement").
    From Wiktionary
  • Variant of pick (“to throw").
    From Wiktionary