- 1[intransitive, transitive] (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 somebody lightly and quickly peck somebody on something He pecked her on the cheek as he went out. peck something She pecked his cheek. Word Origin late Middle English: of unknown origin; compare with Middle Low German pekken
BrE BrE//pek//; NAmE NAmE//pek//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peck
BrE BrE//pek//; NAmE NAmE//pek//he / she / it pecks
BrE BrE//peks//; NAmE NAmE//peks//past simple pecked
BrE BrE//pekt//; NAmE NAmE//pekt//past participle pecked
BrE BrE//pekt//; NAmE NAmE//pekt//-ing form pecking
BrE BrE//ˈpekɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpekɪŋ//