How Do You Spell PECK?

Pronunciation: [pˈɛk] (IPA)

The word "peck" is spelled in a unique way that may not initially seem intuitive. Using IPA phonetic transcription, we can break down the word into its individual sounds: /pɛk/. The "p" sound represents a voiceless bilabial plosive, while the "ɛ" sound represents an open-mid front unrounded vowel. The final "k" sound is a voiceless velar plosive. These sounds come together to form the commonly used word "peck," which refers to a quick striking motion made with the beak or mouth.

PECK Meaning and Definition

  1. Peck (noun) refers to a unit of measurement commonly used for dry goods, such as grains or apples. It denotes an amount equal to a quarter of a bushel or eight dry quarts (approximately 9.09 liters). Originally derived from the Old English word "pec," meaning a vessel or container, the term has evolved to represent a specific quantity rather than a physical container itself.

    Additionally, peck (verb) describes the action of a bird using its beak to quickly and repeatedly bite or tap something, often referring to their feeding behavior. Birds, such as chickens or woodpeckers, utilize this motion to grasp, pick up or consume food items like seeds or insects. The verb "peck" can also denote the act of gently tapping or kissing someone, usually with romantic or affectionate intentions.

    In a figurative sense, the verb "peck" can be used to describe repeatedly and persistently criticizing or nagging someone, as if pecking away at their emotions or self-esteem. This connotation emphasizes the repetitive nature of the criticism, similar to a bird pecking at its food or pecking at someone's patience.

    Furthermore, peck (verb) can also mean to make shallow, quick marks on or in something using a pointed object. This can refer to actions like making quick strokes with a pen or writing tool, or tapping lightly on a keyboard.

  2. • A measure for dry things; the fourth part of a bushel.
    • To strike with the beak, as a bird; to pick up food with the bill or beak; to dig or strike lightly with a pointed instrument.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of PECK

The word peck has its origin in Old English. It is derived from the West Germanic word pikkan which means to pick or to strike with a pointed object. Over time, this word evolved into the Middle English term pecke or pekke, which refers to the action of pecking or striking with the beak or bill of a bird. It eventually solidified into the modern English word peck.

Idioms with the word PECK

  • peck at sth The definition of the idiom "peck at something" is: To eat or nibble at something in small amounts, often in a hesitant or intermittent manner. It can also refer to making small, insignificant efforts towards completing a task or dealing with a problem.
  • bushel and a peck (and some in a gourd) The idiom "bushel and a peck (and some in a gourd)" is an expression used to convey a strong feeling of love or affection for someone. It implies that the speaker has great fondness and an immeasurable amount of love for the person being referred to.
  • You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die The idiom "You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die" means that throughout a person's life, they will face various challenges, endure hardships, and experience unpleasant things. It suggests that adversity and difficulty are inevitable aspects of life that everyone must confront at some point. Just as eating a peck of dirt is unpleasant and unappetizing, it symbolizes the undesirable experiences one encounters on their journey. The idiom emphasizes the idea that everyone will face struggles and setbacks, but it is how they deal with and overcome these challenges that shape their character.
  • peck at The idiom "peck at" means to eat or pick at something in a hesitant, nibbling, or sporadic manner, often due to lack of appetite or interest. It can also refer to making minor, ineffective, or superficial attempts at something.
  • bushel and a peck The idiom "bushel and a peck" means a large or indeterminate amount, usually referring to a considerable and imprecise quantity. It often implies a great deal of something or an overwhelming affection towards someone.
  • bushel and a peck (and sm in a gourd) The idiom "bushel and a peck (and sm in a gourd)" means to have strong affection or love for someone. It is often used to convey a deep emotional attachment or a high level of fondness.
  • peck sth up

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Plural form of PECK is PECKS

Conjugate verb Peck


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