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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


1 hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: pick, beak]
2 eat by pecking at, like a bird [syn: pick up]
3 kiss lightly [syn: smack]
4 eat like a bird; "The anorexic girl just picks at her food" [syn: pick at, peck at]
5 bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long" [syn: nag, hen-peck]

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  1. One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.
    They picked a peck of wheat.
  2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.
    She figured most children probably ate a peck of dirt before they turned ten.
  3. A short kiss.
    I greeted him with a quick peck on the cheek.


One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts
A great deal; a large or excessive quantity
A short kiss


  1. To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.
    The birds pecked at their food.
  2. To do something in small, intermittent pieces.
    He has been pecking away at that project for some time now.
  3. To type.


To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument
To do something in small, intermittent pieces
To type

Extensive Definition

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.


The 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".


  • 1 imperial peck = 9.09218 litres
  • 1 U.S. peck = 8.80977 litres
peck in German: Peck
peck in Esperanto: Buŝelo
peck in Japanese: ペック

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