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PECK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does peck mean? 

PECK (noun)
  The noun PECK has 3 senses:

1. (often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent
2. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons
3. a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches

  Familiarity information: PECK used as a noun is uncommon.


PECK (verb)
  The verb PECK has 5 senses:

1. hit lightly with a picking motion
2. eat by pecking at, like a bird
3. kiss lightly
4. eat like a bird
5. bother persistently with trivial complaints

  Familiarity information: PECK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PECK (noun)


Sense 1peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

peck; muckle; mint; mickle; slew; spate; lot; quite a little; whole slew; whole lot; tidy sum; good deal; great deal; hatful; wad; raft; stack; heap; plenty; pile; batch; mass; deal; flock; pot; mess; sight

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("peck" is a kind of...):

large indefinite amount; large indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peck"):

deluge; flood; inundation; torrent (an overwhelming number or amount)

haymow (a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation)


Sense 2peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("peck" is a kind of...):

British capacity unit; Imperial capacity unit (a unit of measure for capacity officially adopted in the British Imperial System; British units are both dry and wet)

Holonyms ("peck" is a part of...):

bushel (a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks)


Sense 3peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("peck" is a kind of...):

United States dry unit (a unit of measurement of capacity for dry substances officially adopted in the United States Customary System)

Meronyms (parts of "peck"):

dry quart; quart (a United States dry unit equal to 2 pints or 67.2 cubic inches)

Holonyms ("peck" is a part of...):

bushel (a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches)


PECK (verb)


Sense 1peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit lightly with a picking motion

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

beak; peck; pick

Hypernyms (to "peck" is one way to...):

strike (deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eat by pecking at, like a bird

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

peck; pick up

Hypernyms (to "peck" is one way to...):

eat (take in solid food)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kiss lightly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

peck; smack

Hypernyms (to "peck" is one way to...):

buss; kiss; osculate (touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot peck Sue


Sense 4peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eat like a bird

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

peck at; pick at; peck

Context example:

The anorexic girl just picks at her food

Hypernyms (to "peck" is one way to...):

eat (take in solid food)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5peck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bother persistently with trivial complaints

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

nag; hen-peck; peck

Context example:

She nags her husband all day long

Hypernyms (to "peck" is one way to...):

complain; kick; kvetch; plain; quetch; sound off (express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody


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