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Necked vs Pecked - What's the difference?

necked | pecked |

As verbs the difference between necked and pecked

is that necked is (neck) while pecked is (peck).

As an adjective necked

is (in combination) having some specific type of neck.




  • (in combination) Having some specific type of neck
  • (nautical, archaic, of a treenail) Cracked.
  • Derived terms

    * black-necked screamer * grey-necked wood rail * pencil-necked * ring-necked parakeet * side-necked turtle * snake-necked turtle * stiff-necked * yellow-necked mouse


  • (neck)
  • pecked



  • (peck)

  • peck


    (wikipedia peck)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) pecken, pekken, variant of (etyl) picken, . More at pick.


    (en verb)
  • To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.
  • The birds pecked at their food.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) , Chapter 2
  • The rooster had been known to fly on her shoulder and peck her neck, so that now she carried a stick or took one of the children with her when she went to feed the fowls.
  • To form by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument.
  • to peck a hole in a tree
  • To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument, especially with repeated quick movements.
  • To seize and pick up with the beak, or as if with the beak; to bite; to eat; often with up .
  • (Addison)
  • * Shakespeare
  • This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas.
  • To do something in small, intermittent pieces.
  • He has been pecking away at that project for some time now.
  • To type by searching for each key individually.
  • (rare) To type in general.
  • To kiss briefly.
  • * 1997 , , (w, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) , Chapter 1; 1998 ed., Scholastic Press, ISBN 0-590-35340-3, p. 2
  • At half past eight, Mr. Dursley picked up his briefcase, pecked Mrs. Dursley on the cheek, and tried to kiss Dudley good-bye but missed, because Dudley was now having a tantrum and throwing his cereal at the walls.
    Derived terms
    * pecking order * peckish * woodpecker


    (en noun)
  • An act of pecking.
  • A small kiss.
  • Etymology 2

    Probably from (etyl) (pek), (pekke), of uncertain origin.


    (en noun)
  • One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.
  • They picked a peck of wheat.
  • A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.
  • She figured most children probably ate a peck of dirt before they turned ten.
  • * Milton
  • a peck of uncertainties and doubts

    Etymology 3

    Variant of .


    (en verb)
  • (regional) To throw.
  • To lurch forward; especially, of a horse, to stumble after hitting the ground with the toe instead of teh flat of the foot.
  • * 1928 , (Siegfried Sassoon), Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man , Penguin 2013, p. 97:
  • Anyhow, one of them fell, another one pecked badly, and Jerry disengaged himself from the group to scuttle up the short strip of meadow to win by a length.

    Etymology 4


  • Discoloration caused by fungus growth or insects.
  • an occurrence of peck in rice
    Derived terms
    * pecky

    Etymology 5