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verb peck pronunciation in British English /pek/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepecking
past tensepecked
past participlepecked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] when a bird pecks, it moves its beak quickly forward to hit or bite something

    The fox cub had been pecked to death by crows.

    peck at:

    The birds pecked at the insect-infested tree.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to kiss someone in a quick light way

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