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Definition of "peck" [peck]

  • To strike with the beak or a pointed instrument. (verb-transitive)
  • To make (a hole, for example) by striking repeatedly with the beak or a pointed instrument. (verb-transitive)
  • To grasp and pick up with the beak: The bird pecked insects from the log. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To kiss briefly and casually. (verb-transitive)
  • To make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "peck" in a sentence
  • "And my next peck is going to be the partially-completed chapter formerly known as Ch. 9."
  • "I still don’t know how much a peck is so I wash my veggies, but I don’t sterilize them before eating them – to get my share of clean, healthy dirt."
  • "A lek is not the riotous, three-deep-at-the-bar party it could be for chickens because this congregation is governed by an extremely rigid social order known as the peck order, or more commonly, the pecking order."