Definitions of peck

  1. ( 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"; " it must have cost plenty"
  2. bother persistently with trivial complaints; " She nags her husband all day long"
  3. kiss lightly
  4. a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537. 605 cubic inches
  5. a British imperial capacity measure ( liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons
  6. eat by pecking at; of birds
  7. eat like a bird; " The anorexic girl just picks at her food"
  8. eat by pecking at, like a bird
  9. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as, a peck of wheat.
  10. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.
  11. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree.
  12. Hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc., with repeated quick movements.
  13. To make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree.
  14. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument.
  15. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat.
  16. A quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a pointed instrument.
  17. To seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; - often with up.
  18. To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; - often with out.
  19. One- quarter of a bushel; eight quarts in dry measure; a quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak or with something pointed.
  20. To strike with the beak, as a bird; to strike with a pointed instrument, as a pick; pick up with the beak.
  21. To make strokes with a sharp instrument; to pick up food with the beak.
  22. A dry measure- 2 gallons, or 1/ 4 of a bushel.
  23. To strike with the beak: to pick up with the beak: to eat: to strike with anything pointed: to strike with repeated blows.
  24. PECKISH, hungry.
  25. Measure of two gallons, or one- fourth of a bushel.
  26. To strike or pick up with the beak; strike with something pointed.
  27. To strike with or as with the beak.
  28. Pecker.
  29. A measure; eight quarts or one fourth of a bushel.
  30. The fourth part of a bushel.
  31. To strike with the beak; to strike with a pointed instrument; to pick up with the beak; to strike with small and repeated blows.
  32. A measure for dry things; the fourth part of a bushel.
  33. To strike with the beak, as a bird; to pick up food with the bill or beak; to dig or strike lightly with a pointed instrument.

Usage examples for peck

  1. After giving her a peck Scratchfoot left the house. – The Chickens of Fowl Farm by Lena E. Barksdale
  2. She watched the blackbird throw up his head stiffly, and peck to right and left, dangling the worm on each side his orange beak. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. As they were returning with two baskets of fish, the fowls of Lu leaped up to peck at the fish. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  4. She told him we were ogres, alligators, everything that was horrible and dangerous, and threatened to peck out his last pin- feather unless he flew away from us at once. – Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road by Katharine Lee Bates
  5. Want to see Mr. Peck – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  6. There are conditions, it is said, in which even the timid hare becomes militant, and doves will peck at the intruder. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  7. I talked to Mr. Peck about them. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  8. Really, except a peck for me and saying howd and nothing more to Paggy, she kept herself to herself. – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  9. Wavy tree- tops, yellow whins, Shelter eager minikins, Myriads, free to peck and pipe: Would you better? – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. You don't weigh more'n a peck of beans. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  11. And you and I may thank our stars, dear readers, that we are a great deal too sensible to wear our hearts in our sleeves for such a bloodthirsty dew to peck at. – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  12. He might as well have said, " From a peck of apples you may judge of the barrel." – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. The big birds might peck me to death." – Verotchka's Tales by Mamin Siberiak
  14. They have taken to haunting the precincts of the Castle, and attack the servants when they go into the garden, particularly the laundry maids; for, when they go into the garden to hang out the clothes, they have to use both hands to do so, and then these wretched birds fly down and peck at their noses. – The Mysterious Shin Shira by George Edward Farrow
  15. It has been at you thrice, it won't be content without another peck – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  16. In days of health Krak had exacted, morning and evening, a formal and perfunctory peck if I gave her no more now she looked aggrieved, and my mother distressed. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  17. My boy shall take round half- a- peck or so, and I'll put the meat right in the same basket. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  18. As well might we pour food into the mouth by the peck pound it down with a ramrod, and expect healthful physical growth. – The Gentleman from Everywhere by James Henry Foss
  19. It was a nice young chap, and a pretty girl fooled him- got him into a peck of trouble. – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  20. A pile of oranges and a peck of trash! – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance