beak vs pick what difference

what is difference between beak and pick

English

Etymology 1

From Middle English bec, borrowed from Anglo-Norman bec, from Latin beccus, from Gaulish *bekkos, from Proto-Celtic *bekkos (beak, snout), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bak-, *baḱ- (pointed stick, peg). Cognate with Breton beg (beak). Compare Saterland Frisian Bäk (mouth; muzzle; beak); Dutch bek (beak; bill; neb).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /biːk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Noun

beak (plural beaks)

  1. Anatomical uses.
    1. A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird’s face, used for pecking, grooming, foraging, carrying items, eating food, etc.
    2. A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus, turtle, etc.
    3. The long projecting sucking mouth of some insects and other invertebrates, as in the Hemiptera.
    4. The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the hinge of a bivalve.
    5. The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal.
    6. (botany) Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant.
  2. Figurative uses.
    1. Anything projecting or ending in a point like a beak, such as a promontory of land.
      • 1602, Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall
        At the townes end, Cuddenbeak, an ancient house of the Bishops, from a well aduanced Promontory, which intituled it Beak
    2. (architecture) A continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water is thrown off.
    3. (farriery) A toe clip.
    4. (nautical) That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee.
    5. (nautical) A beam, shod or armed at the end with a metal head or point, and projecting from the prow of an ancient galley, used as a ram to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead.
    6. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Libythea, notable for the beak-like elongation on their heads.
  3. Colloquial uses.
    1. (slang) The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed.
    2. (slang, Southern England) cocaine.

Synonyms

  • (rigid structure projecting from a bird’s face): bill
  • (human nose): honker, schnozzle

Derived terms

  • beakish
  • beaky
  • wet one’s beak

Translations

Verb

beak (third-person singular simple present beaks, present participle beaking, simple past and past participle beaked)

  1. (transitive) Strike with the beak.
  2. (transitive) Seize with the beak.
  3. (intransitive, Northern Ireland) To play truant.

Synonyms

  • (play truant): See also Thesaurus:play truant

Etymology 2

Unknown; originally cant; first recorded in 17thC; probably related to obsolete cant beck “constable”.

Noun

beak (plural beaks)

  1. (slang, Britain) A justice of the peace; a magistrate.
    • 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Ch. XXXVIII:
      They take up men, Dick, for going about in women’s clothes, and vice versaw, I suppose. You’ll bail me, old fellaa, if I have to make my bow to the beak, won’t you?
    • 1866, Temple Bar: A London Magazine for Town and Country Readers
      Harry looked rather bulky, you know, Tom, and the slop (policeman) says, ‘Hallo, what you got here?’ and by [blank] he took us both before the beak.
  2. (slang, British public schools) A schoolmaster (originally, at Eton).
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part II, XX [Uniform ed., p. 201]:
      It’s easy enough to be a beak when you’re young and athletic, and can offer the latest University smattering. The difficulty is to keep your place when you get old and stiff, and younger smatterers are pushing up behind you. Crawl into a boarding-house and you’re safe. A master’s life is frightfully tragic.

References

  • Ranko Matasović (2009) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, →ISBN, page 60

Anagrams

  • Baek, bake, beka

Basque

Noun

beak

  1. absolutive plural of be
  2. ergative singular of be


English

Etymology

From Middle English piken, picken, pikken, from Old English *piccian, *pīcian (attested in pīcung (a pricking)), and pȳcan (to pick, prick, pluck), both from Proto-Germanic *pikkōną, *pūkijaną (to pick, peck, prick, knock), from Proto-Indo-European *bew-, *bu- (to make a dull, hollow sound). Cognate with Dutch pikken (to pick), German picken (to pick, peck), Old Norse pikka, pjakka (whence Icelandic pikka (to pick, prick), Swedish picka (to pick, peck)).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɪk/, [pʰɪk]
  • Homophone: pic
  • Rhymes: -ɪk

Noun

pick (plural picks)

  1. A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.
  2. A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.
  3. A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
  4. A choice; ability to choose.
    • 1858, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, What Will He Do With It?
      France and Russia have the pick of our stables.
  5. That which would be picked or chosen first; the best.
  6. (basketball) A screen.
  7. (lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  8. (American football) An interception.
  9. (baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder.
  10. (baseball) A pickoff.
  11. (music) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.
  12. A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
  13. (obsolete) A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
    • Take down my buckler [] and grind the pick on ‘t.
  14. (printing, dated) A particle of ink or paper embedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and causing a spot on a printed sheet.
    • c. 1866, Thomas MacKellar, The American Printer
      If it be in the smallest degree gritty, it clogs the form, and consequently produces a thick and imperfect impression; no pains should, therefore, be spared to render it perfectly smooth; it may then be made to work as clear and free from picks
  15. (art, painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
  16. (weaving) The blow that drives the shuttle, used in calculating the speed of a loom (in picks per minute); hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread.

Derived terms

  • pickaxe
  • take one’s pick
  • toothpick

Translations

Verb

pick (third-person singular simple present picks, present participle picking, simple past and past participle picked)

  1. To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
    Don’t pick at that scab.
    He picked his nose.
  2. To harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by removing it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground.
    It’s time to pick the tomatoes.
  3. To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck.
    She picked flowers in the meadow.
    to pick feathers from a fowl
  4. To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together.
    to pick rags
  5. To remove something from somewhere with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth.
    to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Task
      He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems / With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.
    • 1867, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist Chapter 43
      He was charged with attempting to pick a pocket, and they found a silver snuff-box on him,–his own, my dear, his own, for he took snuff himself, and was very fond of it.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      For the pocket in which Erskine kept this key was not the kind of pocket that Watt could pick. For it was no ordinary pocket, no, but a secret one, sewn on to the front of Erskine’s underhose.
  6. To decide upon, from a set of options; to select.
    I’ll pick the one with the nicest name.
  7. (transitive) To seek (a fight or quarrel) where the opportunity arises.
  8. (cricket) To recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released.
    He didn’t pick the googly, and was bowled.
  9. (music) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.
    He picked a tune on his banjo.
  10. To open (a lock) with a wire, lock pick, etc.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      The lock was of a kind that Watt could not pick. Watt could pick simple locks, but he could not pick obscure locks.
  11. To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
    • 1693, John Dryden, Third Satire of Persius
      Why stand’st thou picking? Is thy palate sore?
  12. To do anything fastidiously or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
    I gingerly picked my way between the thorny shrubs.
  13. To steal; to pilfer.
    • Book of Common Prayer
      to keep my hands from picking and stealing
  14. (obsolete) To throw; to pitch.
  15. (dated) To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.
  16. (transitive, intransitive) To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.
    to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
    • 1912, Victor Whitechurch, Thrilling Stories of the Railway
      Naphtha lamps shed a weird light over a busy scene, for the work was being continued night and day. A score or so of sturdy navvies were shovelling and picking along the track.
  17. (basketball) To screen.
Conjugation

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • mattock

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk

Verb

pick

  1. singular imperative of picken
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of picken

Yola

Etymology

From Middle English pyke, from Old English pīc.

Noun

pick (plural pickkès)

  1. a pike

References

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith

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