Pronunciation: (pek), [key]
1. a dry measure of 8 quarts; the fourth part of a bushel, equal to 537.6 cubic inches (8.81 liters).
2. a container for measuring this quantity. Abbr.: pk, pk.
3. a considerable quantity: a peck of trouble.


Pronunciation: (pek), [key]
1. to strike or indent with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument, esp. with quick, repeated movements.
2. to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by such strokes; pierce.
3. to take (food) bit by bit, with or as with the beak.

1. to make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.
2. peck at,
a. to nibble indifferently or unenthusiastically at (food).
b. to nag or carp at: Stop pecking at me, I'm doing the best I can.

1. a quick stroke, as in pecking.
2. a hole or mark made by or as by pecking.
3. a quick, almost impersonal kiss: a peck on the cheek.
4. (in timber) incipient decay from fungi, occurring in isolated spots.
5. pecks. Also,peck'ings.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

Pechorapecking order
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