bill vs pecker what difference

what is difference between bill and pecker

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪl/, [bɪɫ], enPR: bîl
  • Rhymes: -ɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English bill, bille, bil, from Old English bil, bill (a hooked point; curved weapon; two-edged sword), from Proto-Germanic *bilją (axe; sword; blade), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyH- (to strike; beat). Cognate with West Frisian bile (axe), Dutch bijl (axe), German Bille (axe).

Noun

bill (plural bills)

  1. Any of various bladed or pointed hand weapons, originally designating an Anglo-Saxon sword, and later a weapon of infantry, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries, commonly consisting of a broad, heavy, double-edged, hook-shaped blade, with a short pike at the back and another at the top, attached to the end of a long staff.
    • France had no infantry that dared to face the English bows and bills.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons.
      In the British Museum there is an entry of a warrant, granted to Nicholas Spicer, authorising him to impress smiths for making two thousand Welch bills or glaives.
    Synonym: polearm
  2. A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted with a handle, used in pruning, etc.; a billhook.
    Synonyms: billhook, hand bill, hedge bill
  3. Somebody armed with a bill; a billman.
    Synonym: billman
  4. A pickaxe, or mattock.
  5. (nautical) The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke (also called the peak).
Derived terms
  • brown-bill
Translations

Verb

bill (third-person singular simple present bills, present participle billing, simple past and past participle billed)

  1. (transitive) To dig, chop, etc., with a bill.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English bill, bil, bille, bile, from Old English bile (beak (of a bird); trunk (of an elephant)), of unknown origin. Perhaps from a special use of Old English bil, bill (hook; sword) (see above).

Noun

bill (plural bills)

  1. The beak of a bird, especially when small or flattish; sometimes also used with reference to a platypus, turtle, or other animal.
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Scene I, line 125.
      The woosel cock so black of hue, With orange-tawny bill, The throstle with his note so true, The wren with little quill…
    Synonyms: beak, neb, nib, pecker
  2. A beak-like projection, especially a promontory.
  3. Of a cap or hat: the brim or peak, serving as a shade to keep sun off the face and out of the eyes.
Derived terms
  • duckbill
Translations

Verb

bill (third-person singular simple present bills, present participle billing, simple past and past participle billed)

  1. (obsolete) to peck
  2. to stroke bill against bill, with reference to doves; to caress in fondness
    • As the ox hath his bow, sir, the horse his curb and the falcon her bells, so man hath his desires; and as pigeons bill, so wedlock would be nibbling.
Translations

Etymology 3

From Middle English bille, from Anglo-Norman bille, from Old French bulle, from Medieval Latin bulla (seal”, “sealed document). Compare bull.

Noun

bill (plural bills)

  1. A written list or inventory. (Now obsolete except in specific senses or set phrases; bill of lading, bill of goods, etc.)
  2. A document, originally sealed; a formal statement or official memorandum. (Now obsolete except with certain qualifying words; bill of health, bill of sale etc.)
  3. A draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene I, line 28.
      Why, I’ll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting down of men.
    Synonym: measure
  4. (obsolete, law) A declaration made in writing, stating some wrong the complainant has suffered from the defendant, or a fault committed by some person against a law.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch 1:
      … the legion of bills in the suit have been transformed into mere bills of mortality …
  5. (US, Canada) A piece of paper money; a banknote.
  6. A written note of goods sold, services rendered, or work done, with the price or charge; an invoice.
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act III, Scene IV, line 85.
      My lord, here is my bill.
    Synonyms: account, invoice
  7. A paper, written or printed, and posted up or given away, to advertise something, as a lecture, a play, or the sale of goods
    Synonyms: broadsheet, broadside, card, circular, flier, flyer, handbill, poster, posting, placard, notice, throwaway
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, Scene II, line 104.
      In the meantime I will draw a bill of properties, such as our play wants.
  8. A writing binding the signer or signers to pay a certain sum at a future day or on demand, with or without interest, as may be stated in the document; a bill of exchange. In the United States, it is usually called a note, a note of hand, or a promissory note.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Scene I, line 8.
      Ay, and Rato-lorum too; and a gentleman born, Master Parson; who writes himself Armigero, in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, Armigero.
    Synonyms: bank bill, banker’s bill, bank note, banknote, Federal Reserve note, government note, greenback, note
  9. A set of items presented together.
Derived terms
Descendants
  • Thai: บิล (bin)
  • Tokelauan: pili
Translations
See also
  • check

Verb

bill (third-person singular simple present bills, present participle billing, simple past and past participle billed)

  1. (transitive) To advertise by a bill or public notice.
    Synonym: placard
  2. (transitive) To charge; to send a bill to.
    Synonym: charge
    • 1989, Michelle Green, Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement
      The physician explains that this is an option for her and that she can sign the facility’s ABN so that if Medicare denies the claim, the facility can bill her for the scan.
Translations

Etymology 4

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun

bill (plural bills)

  1. The bell, or boom, of the bittern.
    • 1793, William Wordsworth, An Evening Walk
      The bittern’s hollow bill was heard.

Cimbrian

Etymology 1

From Middle High German wille, from Old High German willo, from Proto-Germanic *wiljô (will, wish, desire). Cognate with German Wille, English will.

Noun

bill m

  1. (Sette Comuni) will (legal document)
    Synonym: testamentén

Etymology 2

From Middle High German wilde, from Old High German wildi, from Proto-West Germanic *wilþī, from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz (wild). Cognate with German wild, English wild.

Adjective

bill (comparative billor, superlative dar billorste)

  1. (Sette Comuni) wild, crazy, mad
Declension
Derived terms
  • billa gòas
  • billa hénna
  • billar haano
  • billar balt
  • dorbillaran

References

  • “bill” in Martalar, Umberto Martello; Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo

French

Etymology

From English bill; doublet of bulle (bubble).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bil/

Noun

bill m (plural bills)

  1. (law) bill (draft UK law)
  2. (Canada) bill (invoice in a restaurant etc)

Swedish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪl

Etymology 1

From Old Swedish bilder, from Old Norse bíldr, from Proto-Germanic *bīþlaz (axe). An instrumental derivation of *bītaną (to bite). Closely related to bila (broadaxe).

Noun

bill c

  1. (agriculture) a share; the cutting blade of a plough
Declension
Derived terms
  • plogbill

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English bill, from Middle English bille, from Anglo-Norman bille, from Old French bulle, from Medieval Latin bulla (seal, sealed document). Doublet of bulla.

Noun

bill c

  1. (law) a draft of a law in English-speaking countries
Declension

References

  • bill in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)


English

Etymology

From Middle English pekker, equivalent to peck (to pick at something in the manner of a bird) +‎ -er (forming agent nouns).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɛkə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkə(ɹ)

Noun

pecker (plural peckers)

  1. Someone who or something that pecks, striking or piercing in the manner of a bird’s beak or bill, particularly:
    • 2003 October 18, The Economist, “Stress Test”
      Two studies of British civil servants, for example, suggest that those at the top of the heap are less stressed than those near the bottom. Work on other species, too, indicates that when it comes to pecking orders, the peckees are more stressed than the peckers.
    1. (uncommon or regional) Any tool used in a pecking fashion, particularly kinds of hoes or pickaxes.
      • 1588, Thomas Hariot, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, sig. C2:
        The women with short peckers or parers,… of a foote long and about fiue inches in breadth: doe onely breake the vpper part of the ground to rayse vp the weedes, grasse, & old stubbes of corne stalkes with their rootes… For their corne,… with a pecker they make a hole, wherein they put foure graines.
      • 1782, J. Scott, Poetical Works, page 119:
        Let sturdy youths their pointed peckers ply,
        Till the rais’d roots loose on the surface lie.
      • 1848, Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society, 9 ii. 551:
        A small narrow hoe or pecker… A small hand-pecker.
      • 1948, M. Carbery & E. Grey, Hertfordshire Heritage, page 120:
        Pecker, small pickaxe for cutting furze.
    2. (uncommon) Any machine or machine part moving in a pecking fashion, particularly:
      • 1922, Whittaker’s Mechanical Engineer’s Pocket Book, page 368:
        The upper end of the finger o carries a “peckerp, which consists of a hardened steel piece with a V edge. This pecker is engaged by any one of several steps or notches in a stepped block m carried by the rocking lever l.
      1. (weaving, obsolete) A picker, a shuttle-driver: the device which moves backwards and forwards in the shuttle-box to drive the shuttle through the warp.
        • 1807, Thomas Johnson, British Patent № 3023 (1856), 5:
          The shuttle… receives its motion from the peckers connected with cords pulled by the pecking lever.
        • 1878, Alfred Barlow, The History and Principles of Weaving by Hand and by Power, x. 136:
          When the shaft [of the draw-boy] rocks from side to side of the machine, it will carry the pecker… with it.
      2. (telegraphy, historical) A kind of V-shaped telegraphic relay.
        • 1858 June 13, H.C.F. Jenkin, letter in Papers (1887), volume I, page lxxxvi:
          Click, click, click, the pecker is at work.
        • 1940, Chambers’s Technical Dictionary, 621/1:
          Pecker, the small cylindrical pin which rises and falls in scanning the holes punched in a slip corresponding to the coding of the message.
      3. (US regional, historical) Clipping of pecker mill, a rice mill.
        • 1802, J. Drayton, A view of South Carolina, as respects her natural and civil concerns, page 121:
          Rice mills, called pecker, cog, and water mills… The first… so called, from the pestle’s striking… in the manner of a wood pecker.
        • 1949, S. C. Murray, This Our Land: the Story of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, page 41:
          After being thrashed by flail or whipped off, the rice was milled and dressed wholly by hand or by a crude machine called a ‘pecker’.
    3. (zoology) A bird, particularly a member of the group including the woodpeckers, flowerpeckers, oxpeckers, and berrypeckers.
      • 1697, John Dryden translating Publius Virgilius Maro as Georgics, iv:
        The Titmouse, and the Peckers hungry Brood.
      • 1884 January, George Allen in Longman’s Magazine, page 294:
        By far the greater number of modern birds belong to the… orders of the perchers, the peckers, and the birds of prey.
      1. (zoology, usually colloquial or US regional) Clipping of woodpecker (Picidae).
        • 1883, J.S. Stallybrass translating Jacob Grimm as Teutonic Mythology, volume III, page 973:
          The pecker was esteemed a sacred and divine bird.
        • 1980 January 20, Washington Post, m1:
          I’ve been feeding several downy ’peckers from my short-perched tubes for years.
    4. (Britain regional, obsolete) An eater, a diner.
      • 1862, C.C. Robinson, The Dialect of Leeds & Its Neighbourhood, page 383:
        He’s a rare pecker.
      • 1873, Slang Dictionary:
        Peck… A hearty eater is generally called ‘a rare pecker’.
      • 1894, Mrs. H. Ward, Marcella, II. iv. v. 476:
        But I’ve been better iver since, an’ beginnin’ to eat my vittles, too, though I’m never no great pecker.
    5. (Britain regional) A bird’s beak or bill.
      • 1891, G. Sweetman, A Glossary of Words used by the rural population in the parish and neighbourhood of Wincanton, Somerset:
        Pecker, a bird’s bill
      • 1967, H. Orton & M. F. Wakelin, A Survey of English dialects B, volume 4:
        Q. What does a bird peck its food up with?… [Wiltshire] Beak, pecker.
    6. (chiefly US, regional, slang) A penis; cock, dick.
      • 1902, J. S. Farmer & W. E. Henley, Slang and Its Analogues (London), V. 289/2:
        The penis… pecker.
      • 1964, American Folk Music Occasional, i. 12:
        There is a house down in New Orleans,
        They call it The Rising Sun,
        When you want to get your pecker spoilt,
        That’s where you get it done.
      • 1990 Fall, Paris Review, volume 32, number 116, page 171:
        He has the biggest pecker in the pool, politically speaking.
  2. (Britain colloquial, by extension of the sense ‘beak’) A nose.
  3. (Britain colloquial, by extension, from the expression ‘keep one’s pecker up’) Spirits, nerve, courage.
    • 1845 September 15, Times (London), 8/3:
      Mr. King… misstated the fact in saying that he had put a piece of lighted paper to the master’s nose while asleep in that house; it was his hot pipe that he applied to the sleeper’s nostrils, at the same time crying: Come, old chap, keep your pecker up.
    • 1873, Slang Dictionary:
      Pecker, ‘keep your Pecker up’,… literally, keep your beak and head well up, ‘never say die’.
    • 1875, W.S. Gilbert, Trial by Jury, 4:
      Be firm, my moral pecker.
    • 1900, Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, ch 5:
      … he had every facility given him to remain under lock and key, with a chair, a table, a mattress in a corner, and a litter of fallen plaster on the floor, in an irrational state of funk, and keeping up his pecker with such tonics as Mariani dispensed.
    • 2003, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page xii:
      Fred and I managed to keep our peckers up somehow.
  4. (chiefly in the plural, derogatory slang) Short for peckerwood (“whitey; white trash”)
    • 1966, R.G. Toepfer, Witness, xvi. 127:
      These peckers know that as well as me.
    • 1971, D. Wells & S. Dance, Night People, i. 7:
      Those cats wouldn’t let us get five feet from the Y.M.C.A. Like real peckers, they’d say, ‘If I had you down South.’
  5. (chiefly in the plural, derogatory slang) Short for peckerhead (“dickhead; an aggressive or objectionable idiot”).
    • 2013, Sean Moore, “Sat Phone Black Op” in Outside the Wire, 41:
      Goddammit! I give you peckers an inch and you automatically take a mile []
  6. (US) Clipping of pecker head (“an electric motor’s junction or terminal connection box, where power cords are connected to the winding leads”).

Synonyms

  • (penis) See Thesaurus:penis
  • (courage) See Thesaurus:courage
  • (connection box) pothead (Canada); T-box, T-block (UK)

Derived terms

Related terms

  • peckish

Translations

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. “pecker, n.” Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2005.

Anagrams

  • repeck

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