peck at


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.peck at - 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?"

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.
References in classic literature ?
The old lady likes me, and I'll be as sweet as possible to her, so she won't peck at us, whatever we do.
Throughout spring training, Orioles fans in Greensboro could easily find Peck at the team hotel, as he often sat in the lobby discussing baseball with Egan and Dunn long into the night.
Pecking at a red cube : During the first 5 days of life, chicks were allowed 60 min daily to peck at a red plastic cube (l3x3x3 cm).