- 1[intransitive] (of birds) to move the beak forward quickly and hit or bite something peck (at something) A robin was pecking at crumbs on the ground. Hens pecked around in the yard. peck something A bird had pecked a hole in the sack. peck something out Vultures had pecked out the dead goat's eyes.
- 2[transitive] (informal) to kiss someone lightly and quickly peck somebody on something He pecked her on the cheek as he went out. peck something She pecked his cheek. Idioms
NAmE//pɛk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peck
he / she / it pecks
past simple pecked
-ing form pecking
the order of importance in relation to one another among the members of a group synonym hierarchy The Lakers are at the top of the pecking order of NBA teams. to be first in the pecking order Phrasal Verbspeck at something
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