|Origin:||Probably from pick|
Related topics: Birds
1 [intransitive and transitive]HBB
if a bird pecks something or pecks at something, it makes quick repeated movements with its beak to try to eat part of it, make a hole in it etc
birds pecking at breadcrumbs on the pavement
to kiss someone quickly and lightly:
She pecked her father lightly on the cheek.
peck at somethingphrasal verb
to eat only a little bit of a meal because you are not interested in it or not hungry:
She pecked at her food in silence.