1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree.
2. Hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc, with repeated quick movements.
3. To seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; often with up. "This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas." (Shak)
4. To make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree.
Origin: See Pick.
(01 Mar 1998)