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Verb: peck  pek
  1. (of a bird) bite or strike something with the beak
    "it pecked a hole in the wood"; "the bird pecked at the grain"
     
  2. Hit lightly with a picking motion
    - pick, beak
     
  3. [informal] Kiss lightly
    - smack
     
  4. [informal] Eat only small pieces of food at a time
    "The anorexic girl just pecks at her food";
    - pick at, peck at
     
  5. Bother persistently with trivial complaints
    "She pecks her husband all day long"; "She hen-pecks her husband all day long";
    - nag, hen-peck [informal], henpeck [informal]
Noun: peck  pek
  1. A bird's bite or striking of something with the beak
     
  2. [informal] A quick light kiss
     
  3. (often followed by 'of') a large number, amount or extent
    "a peck of letters";
    - batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle [archaic], mint, mountain, muckle, passel [US], pile [informal], plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, bunch [informal]
     
  4. A British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons
     
  5. A United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches

Derived forms: pecking, pecks, pecked

Type of: British capacity unit, buss [N. Amer, informal], complain, eat, Imperial capacity unit, kick [informal], kiss, kvetch [N. Amer, informal], large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, moan, osculate, plain [archaic], snog [Brit, informal], sound off, strike, United States dry unit

Part of: bushel

Encyclopedia: Peck, Mark