Definitions for peckpɛk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a dry measure of 8 quarts; the fourth part of a bushel, equal to 537.6 cubic inches (8.81 liters).

    Category: Weights and Measures

    Ref: Abbr.: pk 2

  2. a container for measuring this quantity.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  3. a considerable quantity:

    a peck of trouble.

Origin of peck:

1250–1300; ME pek < AF; ulterior orig. obscure


  1. to strike or pierce with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by doing this.

  3. to take (food) bit by bit, with or as if with the beak.

    Category: Ornithology

  4. (v.i.)to make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.

    Category: Ornithology

  5. peck at, to nibble indifferently at (food). to nag or carp at.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  6. (n.)a quick stroke, as in pecking.

  7. a hole or mark made by or as if by pecking.

  8. a quick, almost impersonal kiss.

Origin of peck:

1300–50; ME pecke < MD pecken; akin to pick1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad(noun)

    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"

  2. peck(noun)

    a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons

  3. peck(verb)

    a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches

  4. peck, pick, beak(verb)

    hit lightly with a picking motion

  5. peck, pick up(verb)

    eat by pecking at, like a bird

  6. smack, peck(verb)

    kiss lightly

  7. pick at, peck at, peck(verb)

    eat like a bird

    "The anorexic girl just picks at her food"

  8. nag, peck, hen-peck(verb)

    bother persistently with trivial complaints

    "She nags her husband all day long"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. peck(verb)ɛk

    (of a bird) to tap with its beak

    chickens pecking in the dirt

  2. peckɛk

    to kiss quickly

    He pecked her on the cheek and said goodbye.; a peck on the cheek


  1. peck(Noun)

    One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.

    They picked a peck of wheat.

  2. peck(Noun)

    A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.

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

  3. peck(Noun)

    A short kiss.

    I greeted him with a quick peck on the cheek.

  4. peck(Verb)

    To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.

    The birds pecked at their food.

  5. peck(Verb)

    To do something in small, intermittent pieces.

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

  6. peck(Verb)

    To type by searching for each key individually.

  7. peck(Verb)

    To type in general.

  8. peck(Verb)

    To kiss.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peck(noun)

    the fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as, a peck of wheat

  2. Peck(noun)

    a great deal; a large or excessive quantity

  3. Peck

    to strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree

  4. Peck

    hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc., with repeated quick movements

  5. Peck

    to seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; -- often with up

  6. Peck

    to make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree

  7. Peck(verb)

    to make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument

  8. Peck(verb)

    to pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat

  9. Peck(noun)

    a quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a pointed instrument


  1. Peck (Imperial)

    A peck is an imperial and United States customary unit of dry volume, equivalent to 2 gallons or 8 dry quarts or 16 dry pints. Two pecks make a kenning, and four pecks make a bushel. Although no longer frequently used, produce such as apples are still commonly sold by the peck. In Scotland, the peck was used as a dry measure until the introduction of imperial units as a result of the Weights and Measures Act of 1824. The peck was equal to about 9 litres and about 13 litres. A firlot was equal to 4 pecks and the peck was equal to 4 lippies or forpets.

Translations for peck

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a tap or bite with the beak

The bird gave him a painful peck on the hand.

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