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beak

[beek] /bik/
noun
1.
the bill of a bird; neb.
2.
any similar horny mouthpart in other animals, as the turtle or duckbill.
3.
anything beaklike or ending in a point, as the spout of a pitcher.
4.
Slang. a person's nose.
5.
Entomology, proboscis (def 3).
6.
Botany. a narrowed or prolonged tip.
7.
Nautical. (formerly) a metal or metal-sheathed projection from the bow of a warship, used to ram enemy vessels; ram; rostrum.
8.
Typography. a serif on the arm of a character, as of a K.
9.
Also called bird's beak. Architecture. a pendant molding forming a drip, as on the soffit of a cornice.
10.
Chiefly British Slang.
  1. a judge; magistrate.
  2. a schoolmaster.
Origin of beak
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English bec < Old French < Latin beccus < Gaulish
Related forms
beaked
[beekt, bee-kid] /bikt, ˈbi kɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
beakless, adjective
beaklike, adjective
beaky, adjective
underbeak, noun
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Examples from the Web for beaky
Historical Examples
  • beaky shrieked and beaky struggled, but all in vain; she did not let him go till he was bald as a bullet.

  • "You have not been to see me for ever so long," said she, rubbing her beaky nose.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • If you were in sight of his beaky nose and bold, black eyes, you were not likely to miss much of what was going on.

  • "It's Buzzy, my darlings," he said, sticking in his beaky nose and wide grinning mouth.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • She wanted him to hear; and she didn't care if he understood—him and his beaky mother!

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • Mrs Bradley—long and thin and beaky—bore down upon her battered son, who edged away sullenly from proffered caresses.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • “Right you are, sir,” said beaky Jem, staring with all his eyes.

    A Little World George Manville Fenn
  • She would have hated the "beaky mother" worse than ever could she have heard her remark to Lady Despard, when they were alone.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • When the evening came, the master sat in his room with beaky and Tweaky.

  • The lighter boats are styled tchektermes, and are from 30 to 50 feet in length, with sharp, beaky prow and stern.

    Turkey Julius R. Van Millingen
British Dictionary definitions for beaky

beak1

/biːk/
noun
1.
the projecting jaws of a bird, covered with a horny sheath; bill
2.
any beaklike mouthpart in other animals, such as turtles
3.
(slang) a person's nose, esp one that is large, pointed, or hooked
4.
any projecting part, such as the pouring lip of a bucket
5.
(architect) the upper surface of a cornice, which slopes out to throw off water
6.
(chem) the part of a still or retort through which vapour passes to the condenser
7.
(nautical) another word for ram (sense 5)
Derived Forms
beaked (biːkt) adjective
beakless, adjective
beaklike, adjective
beaky, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin

beak2

/biːk/
noun
1.
a Brit slang word for judge, magistrate, headmaster, schoolmaster
Word Origin
C19: originally thieves' jargon
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Word Origin and History for beaky

beak

n.

mid-13c., "bird's bill," from Old French bec "beak," figuratively "mouth," also "tip or point of a nose, a lance, a ship, a shoe," from Latin beccus (cf. Italian becco, Spanish pico), said by Suetonius ("De vita Caesarum" 18) to be of Gaulish origin, perhaps from Gaulish beccus, possibly related to Celtic stem bacc- "hook." Or there may be a link in Old English becca "pickax, sharp end." Jocular sense of "human nose" is from 1854 (but also was used mid-15c. in the same sense).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beaky

beak

noun

  1. A mayor, magistrate, or trial judge •Still current in British slang (1830s+)
  2. The nose: The beak-buster in the opening round was the first punch Moore had thrown
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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