peck
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pek, from Anglo-French Date: 13th century 1. — see weight table 2. a large quantity or number II. verb Etymology: Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German pekken Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to strike or pierce especially repeatedly with the bill or a pointed tool b. to make by pecking <
peck a hole
>
2. to pick up with the bill intransitive verb 1. a. to strike, pierce, or pick up something with or as if with the bill b. carp, nag 2. to eat reluctantly and in small bites <
peck at food
>
III. noun Date: circa 1591 1. an impression or hole made by pecking 2. a quick sharp stroke 3. a quick light kiss <
a peck on the cheek
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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