1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as, a peck of wheat. “A peck of provender.”
2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity. “A peck of uncertainties and doubts.” --Milton.
Peck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pecked p. pr. & vb. n. Pecking.]
1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree.
2. Hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc., with repeated quick movements.
3. To seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; -- often with up.
This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas. --Shak.
4. To make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree.
Peck, v. i.
1. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument.
2. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat.
[The hen] went pecking by his side. --Dryden.
To peck at, (a) to attack with petty and repeated blows; to carp at; to nag; to tease. (a) to eat slowly and in small portions, with litle interest; as, to peck at one's food.
Peck n. A quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a pointed instrument.
n 1: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
"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" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good
deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess,
mickle, mint, muckle, pile, plenty, pot, quite
a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy
sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
2: a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to
3: a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605
v 1: hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: pick, beak]
2: eat by pecking at, like a bird [syn: pick up]
3: kiss lightly [syn: smack]
4: eat like a bird; "The anorexic girl just picks at her food"
[syn: pick at, peck at]
5: bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her
husband all day long" [syn: nag, hen-peck]