Meaning of “peck” in the English Dictionary

"peck" in British English

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peckverb

uk /pek/ us /pek/

[ I or T ] When a bird pecks, it bites, hits, or picks up something small with its beak:

The birds learn to peck holes in the milk bottle tops.
Geese were pecking around for food.
Chickens pecked at the seeds which covered the ground.

[ T ] to give someone a quick kiss, especially on the side of the face:

He pecked his aunt on the cheek.

Phrasal verb(s)

pecknoun [ C ]

uk /pek/ us /pek/

(Definition of “peck” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peck" in American English

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peckverb [ I/T ]

us /pek/

(of a bird) to hit, bite, or pick up something with the beak

pecknoun [ C ]

us /pek/

A peck is also a quick kiss:

Aunt Velma gave me a peck on the cheek.

(Definition of “peck” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)