Definitions for: Peck


[n] a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches
[n] a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons
[n] (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"
[v] bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long"
[v] eat like a bird
[v] eat by pecking at; of birds
[v] hit lightly with a picking motion
[v] kiss lightly



Webster (1913) Definition: Peck, n. [Perh. akin to pack; or, orig., an indefinite
quantity, and fr. peck, v. (below): cf. also F. picotin a
peak.]
1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight
quarts; as, a peck of wheat. ``A peck of provender.''
--Shak.

2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity. ``A peck of
uncertainties and doubts.'' --Milton.


Peck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pecked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pecking.] [See Pick, v.]
1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a
bird pecks a tree.

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

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

This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas. --Shak.

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


Peck, v. i.
1. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed
instrument. --Carew.

2. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat.

[The hen] went pecking by his side. --Dryden.

To peck at, to attack with petty and repeated blows; to
carp at; to nag; to tease.


Peck, n.
A quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a
pointed instrument.

Synonyms: batch, beak, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, hen-peck, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, nag, peck at, pick, pick at, pick up, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, smack, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew

See Also: British capacity unit, bushel, buss, complain, deluge, dry quart, eat, flood, Imperial capacity unit, inundation, kick, kiss, kvetch, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, osculate, plain, quart, quetch, sound off, strike, torrent, United States dry unit

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