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 2 gallons
3 a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches
2 eat by pecking at, like a bird [syn: pick up]
3 kiss lightly [syn: smack]
5 bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long" [syn: nag, hen-peck]
- Rhymes: -ɛk
One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts
- Finnish: peck
A great deal; a large or excessive quantity
- Finnish: kasapäin
To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument
- Finnish: nokkia
To do something in small, intermittent pieces
- [Armenian]]: պաչիկ
A peck is an imperial and U.S. customary unit of dry volume, equivalent in each of these systems to 8 dry quarts, or 16 dry pints. Two pecks make a kenning (obsolete), and four pecks make a bushel.
In Scotland, the peck was used as a dry measure until the introduction of imperial units as a result of the Weights and Measures Act of 1824. The peck was equal to about 9 litres (in the case of certain crops, such as wheat, peas, beans and meal) and about 13 litres (in the case of barley, oats and malt). A firlot was equal to 4 pecks and the peck was equal to 4 lippies or forpets.
ExpressionsThe peck occurs in the song A Bushel and a Peck and in such phrases as "you will eat a peck of dirt before you die" or "I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck." or "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers".
peck in German: Peck
peck in Esperanto: Buŝelo
peck in Japanese: ペック
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