Definition of peck verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    peck

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: of unknown origin; compare with Middle Low German pekken ‘peck (with the beak)’.Idioms (informal, often humorous) the order of importance in relation to one another among the members of a group synonym hierarchy New Zealand is at the top of the pecking order of rugby nations. to be first in the pecking order Phrasal Verbspeck at something
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