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[pek] /pɛk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike or indent with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument, especially with quick, repeated movements.
2.
to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by such strokes; pierce.
3.
to take (food) bit by bit, with or as with the beak.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.
noun
5.
a quick stroke, as in pecking.
6.
a hole or mark made by or as by pecking.
7.
a quick, almost impersonal kiss:
a peck on the cheek.
8.
(in timber) incipient decay from fungi, occurring in isolated spots.
9.
pecks, Also, peckings. Slang. food.
Verb phrases
10.
peck at,
  1. to nibble indifferently or unenthusiastically at (food).
  2. to nag or carp at:
    Stop pecking at me, I'm doing the best I can.
Origin of peck2
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pecke < Middle Dutch pecken; akin to pick1
Related forms
unpecked, adjective
Synonyms
10a. pick at, poke at.
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Examples from the Web for pecked
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  • I bent over it to shield it, and the birds pecked into my back, into my lungs they pecked.

    Modern Icelandic Plays Jhann Sigurjnsson
  • She pecked on his nose, which by now, what of previous adventures was sore.

    White Fang Jack London
  • They have a simple me-stronger pecking order so I pecked a bit and we can drink.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • He took it, waved it; and then stooped to her offered cheek and pecked it delicately.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • The ends are pecked flat and the entire middle section has been pecked, apparently to reduce it to the desired size of the shaft.

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley Harlan Ingersoll Smith
  • She dropped her coaxing voice and pecked the doctor like an irritated pigeon.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • One cannot help thinking of the way in which lizards sometimes shed their tails when pecked at.

British Dictionary definitions for pecked

peck1

/pɛk/
noun
1.
a unit of dry measure equal to 8 quarts or one quarter of a bushel
2.
a container used for measuring this quantity
3.
a large quantity or number
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman, of uncertain origin

peck2

/pɛk/
verb
1.
when intr, sometimes foll by at. to strike with the beak or with a pointed instrument
2.
(transitive) sometimes foll by out. to dig (a hole) by pecking
3.
(transitive) (of birds) to pick up (corn, worms, etc) by pecking
4.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to nibble or pick (at one's food)
5.
(informal) to kiss (a person) quickly and lightly
6.
(intransitive) foll by at. to nag
noun
7.
a quick light blow, esp from a bird's beak
8.
a mark made by such a blow
9.
(informal) a quick light kiss
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin; compare pick1, Middle Low German pekken to jab with the beak

Peck

/pɛk/
noun
1.
Gregory. 1916–2003, US film actor; his films include Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Gunfighter (1950), The Big Country (1958), To Kill a Mockingbird (1963), The Omen (1976), and Other People's Money (1991)
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Word Origin and History for pecked

peck

v.

c.1300, possibly a variant of picken (see pick (v.)), or in part from Middle Low German pekken "to peck with the beak." Related: Pecked; pecking.

n.

late 13c., "dry measure of one-quarter bushel," of unknown origin; perhaps connected with Old French pek, picot (13c.), also of unknown origin (Barnhart says these were borrowed from English). Chiefly of oats for horses; original sense may be "allowance" rather than a fixed measure, thus perhaps from peck (v.).

"act of pecking," 1610s, from peck (v.). It is attested earlier in thieves' slang (1560s) with a sense of "food, grub."

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Slang definitions & phrases for pecked

peck

noun

  1. peckerwood (1940s+ Black)
  2. Food (1960s+ Teenagers)
  3. A perfunctory kiss: She gave him a friendly peck and got back to work (1893+)

verb

To eat (1960s+ Black)

Related Terms

a peck of trouble

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