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peck 1

 (pĕk)
v. pecked, peck·ing, pecks
v.tr.
1. To strike with the beak or a pointed instrument.
2. To make (a hole, for example) by striking repeatedly with the beak or a pointed instrument.
3. To grasp and pick up with the beak: The bird pecked insects from the log.
4. Informal To kiss briefly and casually.
v.intr.
1. To make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.
2. To eat in small sparing bits; nibble: He pecked at his dinner.
3. To make repeated criticisms; carp: pecked at the kitchen staff.
n.
1.
a. A stroke or light blow with the beak or a pointed instrument.
b. A mark or hole made by such a stroke.
2. Informal A light quick kiss.

[Middle English pecken, probably variant of piken, to peck (perhaps influenced by Middle Low German pekken); see pick1.]

peck 2

 (pĕk)
n.
1. Abbr. pk.
a. A unit of dry volume or capacity in the US 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.
2. A container holding or measuring a peck.
3. Informal A large quantity; a lot: a peck of troubles.

[Middle English.]

peck

(pɛk)
n
1. (Units) a unit of dry measure equal to 8 quarts or one quarter of a bushel
2. (Units) a container used for measuring this quantity
3. a large quantity or number
[C13: from Anglo-Norman, of uncertain origin]

peck

(pɛk)
vb
1. (when: intr, sometimes foll by at) to strike with the beak or with a pointed instrument
2. (sometimes foll by: out) to dig (a hole) by pecking
3. (tr) (of birds) to pick up (corn, worms, etc) by pecking
4. (often foll by: at) to nibble or pick (at one's food)
5. informal to kiss (a person) quickly and lightly
6. (foll by: at) to nag
n
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
[C14: of uncertain origin; compare pick1, Middle Low German pekken to jab with the beak]

Peck

(pɛk)
n
(Biography) 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)

peck1

(pɛk)

n.
1. a dry measure of 8 quarts; the fourth part of a bushel, equal to 537.6 cubic inches (8.81 liters). Abbr.: pk
2. a container for measuring this quantity.
3. a considerable quantity: a peck of trouble.
[1250–1300; Middle English pek < Anglo-French; ulterior orig. obscure]

peck2

(pɛk)

v.t.
1. to strike or pierce with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument.
2. to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by doing this.
3. to take (food) bit by bit, with or as if with the beak.
v.i.
4. to make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.
5. peck at,
a. to nibble indifferently at (food).
b. to nag or carp at.
n.
6. a quick stroke, as in pecking.
7. a hole or mark made by or as if by pecking.
8. a quick, almost impersonal kiss.
[1300–50; Middle English pecke < Middle Dutch pecken; akin to pick1]

Peck

 a measured quantity of either dry or wet substance; a fourth part of a bushel; more generally, a considerable quantity or number.
Examples: peck of ashes, 1710; of bees, 1713; of corn, 1386; of dirt, 1710; of kisses; of lies, 1539; of luck; of malt, 1789; of oatmeal, 1464; of oats, 1485; of pepper; of salt, 1603; of troubles, 1535.

peck


Past participle: pecked
Gerund: pecking

Imperative
peck
peck
Present
I peck
you peck
he/she/it pecks
we peck
you peck
they peck
Preterite
I pecked
you pecked
he/she/it pecked
we pecked
you pecked
they pecked
Present Continuous
I am pecking
you are pecking
he/she/it is pecking
we are pecking
you are pecking
they are pecking
Present Perfect
I have pecked
you have pecked
he/she/it has pecked
we have pecked
you have pecked
they have pecked
Past Continuous
I was pecking
you were pecking
he/she/it was pecking
we were pecking
you were pecking
they were pecking
Past Perfect
I had pecked
you had pecked
he/she/it had pecked
we had pecked
you had pecked
they had pecked
Future
I will peck
you will peck
he/she/it will peck
we will peck
you will peck
they will peck
Future Perfect
I will have pecked
you will have pecked
he/she/it will have pecked
we will have pecked
you will have pecked
they will have pecked
Future Continuous
I will be pecking
you will be pecking
he/she/it will be pecking
we will be pecking
you will be pecking
they will be pecking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pecking
you have been pecking
he/she/it has been pecking
we have been pecking
you have been pecking
they have been pecking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pecking
you will have been pecking
he/she/it will have been pecking
we will have been pecking
you will have been pecking
they will have been pecking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pecking
you had been pecking
he/she/it had been pecking
we had been pecking
you had been pecking
they had been pecking
Conditional
I would peck
you would peck
he/she/it would peck
we would peck
you would peck
they would peck
Past Conditional
I would have pecked
you would have pecked
he/she/it would have pecked
we would have pecked
you would have pecked
they would have pecked

peck

(pk) A unit of dry volume. 1 peck = 2 gal.

Peck

A unit of volume measure. One peck is two gallons, or a quarter bushel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peck - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extentpeck - (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"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
2.peck - a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons
British capacity unit, Imperial capacity unit - a unit of measure for capacity officially adopted in the British Imperial System; British units are both dry and wet
bushel - a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks
3.peck - a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches
United States dry unit - a unit of measurement of capacity for dry substances officially adopted in the United States Customary System
dry quart, quart - a United States dry unit equal to 2 pints or 67.2 cubic inches
bushel - a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches
Verb1.peck - hit lightly with a picking motionpeck - hit lightly with a picking motion  
strike - deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"
2.peck - eat by pecking at, like a bird
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
3.peck - kiss lightly
buss, kiss, snog, osculate - touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.; "The newly married couple kissed"; "She kissed her grandfather on the forehead when she entered the room"
4.peck - eat like a bird; "The anorexic girl just picks at her food"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
5.peck - bother persistently with trivial complaintspeck - bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long"
kvetch, plain, quetch, complain, sound off, kick - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

peck

verb
1. pick, bite, hit, strike, tap, poke, jab, prick, nibble The crow pecked his hand.
2. kiss, plant a kiss, give someone a smacker, give someone a peck or kiss She walked up to him and pecked him on the cheek.
noun
1. kiss, smacker, osculation (rare) He gave me a peck on the lips.

peck 1

verb
Informal. To touch or caress with the lips, especially as a sign of passion or affection:
Slang: smooch.
phrasal verb
peck at
To scold or find fault with constantly:
Informal: henpeck.
noun
Informal. The act or an instance of kissing:
Slang: smooch.

peck 2

noun
1. Informal. A great deal:
Informal: barrel, heap, lot, pack, pile.
Regional: power, sight.
2. Informal. An indeterminately great amount or number:
jillion, million (often used in plural), multiplicity, ream, trillion.
Informal: bushel, gob (often used in plural), heap (often used in plural), load (often used in plural), lot, oodles, passel, scad (often used in plural), slew, wad, zillion.
Translations
قُبْلَة سَريعَهنَقْرَهيُقَبِّل بِسُرْعَهيَلْتَقِط بِمِنقارِهيَلَتَقِط طَعامَه ، يأكُل قليلا
klovatklovnutíletmo políbitpolibekzobat
kysse letlet kyspikpikke
csipegetcsípéscsipkedmegpuszilpuszi
gogg, pikkgogga/kroppa íkyssa léttléttur kossnarta í
kapoti snapukirtis snapuknaibytilestipaknaibyti
ēst ļoti maz, knibinātknābātknābiensnoskūpstītskūpsts
ďobaťďobnutieletmo pobozkaťzobať
kljuvati
çok az yemekgagalamagagalamaköpücüköpücük kondurmak

peck

1 [pek]
A. Npicotazo m; (= kiss) → besito m, beso m rápido
B. VTpicotear; (= kiss) → dar un besito a, dar un beso rápido a
C. VIpicotear
to peck at [bird] → picar
he pecked at his foodpicaba la comida (con desgana)

peck

2 [pek] N medida de áridos (= 9,087 litros) (fig) → montón m
he got himself in a peck of troublese metió en un buen lío

peck

[ˈpɛk]
vt
(with beak)donner un coup de bec à
to peck a hole in sth → percer qch d'un coup de bec
(= kiss) to peck sb on the cheek → donner à qn un baiser rapide sur la joue
n
[bird] → coup m de bec
(= kiss) → baiser m rapide
to give sb a peck on the cheek → donner à qn un baiser rapide sur la joue
peck at
vt fus [bird] [+ hard surface] → donner des coups de bec sur; [+ plants] → picoter; [+ grains] → picorer, picoterpecking order peck order (US) nordre m hiérarchique
to be at the bottom of the pecking order → être en bas de l'échelle

peck

1
n (= dry measure)Viertelscheffel m

peck

2
n
(inf: = kiss) → flüchtiger Kuss m, → Küsschen nt
the hen gave him a peckdie Henne hackte nach ihm
vt
(bird)picken
(inf: = kiss) → ein Küsschen ntgeben (+dat)
vipicken (at nach)

peck

[pɛk]
1. n (of bird) → beccata (fam) (kiss) → bacetto
to take a peck at → beccare
2. vt (subj, bird, grain) → beccare; (person) → dare una beccata a; (hole) → fare a furia di beccate
3. vi to peck at (subj, bird) → beccare; (person, food) → mangiucchiare
he pecked at his food → sbocconcellò il suo cibo

peck

(pek) verb
1. (of birds) to strike or pick up with the beak, usually in order to eat. The birds pecked at the corn; The bird pecked his hand.
2. to eat very little. She just pecks (at) her food.
3. to kiss quickly and briefly. She pecked her mother on the cheek.
noun
1. a tap or bite with the beak. The bird gave him a painful peck on the hand.
2. a brief kiss. a peck on the cheek.
ˈpeckish adjective
rather hungry. I feel a bit peckish.
References in classic literature ?
And we must contrive to get a peck of russet apples, late in the season as it is.
said Quimbo, throwing down a coarse bag, which contained a peck of corn; "thar, nigger, grab, take car on 't,--yo won't get no more, dis yer week.
She heard a chirp and a twitter, and when she looked at the bare flower-bed at her left side there he was hopping about and pretending to peck things out of the earth to persuade her that he had not followed her.
What winds conveyed this hurry to the grizzled mender of roads, already at work on the hill-top beyond the village, with his day's dinner (not much to carry) lying in a bundle that it was worth no crow's while to peck at, on a heap of stones?
Nor was it that the figs were moist and pulpy, or that the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly-decorated boxes, or that everything was good to eat and in its Christmas dress; but the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, crashing their wicker baskets wildly, and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes, in the best humour possible; while the Grocer and his people were so frank and fresh that the polished hearts with which they fastened their aprons behind might have been their own, worn outside for general inspection, and for Christmas daws to peck at if they chose.
The first objects that assume a distinct presence before me, as I look far back, into the blank of my infancy, are my mother with her pretty hair and youthful shape, and Peggotty with no shape at all, and eyes so dark that they seemed to darken their whole neighbourhood in her face, and cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn't peck her in preference to apples.
Why," said Joe, "yes, there certainly were a peck of orange-peel.
He did but peck, as a bird pecks with his bill, and yet a man dropped dead.
Ah, she's a handsome craft, she is," the cook would say, and give her sugar from his pocket, and then the bird would peck at the bars and swear straight on, passing belief for wickedness.
When I attempted to catch any of these birds, they would boldly turn against me, endeavouring to peck my fingers, which I durst not venture within their reach; and then they would hop back unconcerned, to hunt for worms or snails, as they did before.
TIMMY TIPTOES made no reply; he had tumbled down inside the tree, upon half a peck of nuts belonging to himself.
And as for the acorns, senor, I'll send her ladyship a peck and such big ones that one might come to see them as a show and a wonder.