To peck at
Peck Peck, v. i. 1. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument. --Carew. [1913 Webster]

2. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat. [1913 Webster]

[The hen] went pecking by his side. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To peck at}, to attack with petty and repeated blows; to carp at; to nag; to tease. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Peck — Peck, v. i. 1. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument. Carew. [1913 Webster] 2. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat. [1913 Webster] [The hen] went pecking by his side. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To peck at}, to attack… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peck — v. (d; intr.) to peck at (to peck at one s food) * * * [pek] (d; intr.) to peck at (to peck at one s food) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • To pick a bone with — Pick Pick (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked} (p[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. {Peck}, v., {Pike}, {Pitch} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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