WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
beak /bik/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
beaked/bikt, ˈbikɪd/USA pronunciation adj.
- Birdsthe hard, curved, horny part of a bird's mouth; bill.
- Zoologyany horny or stiff mouthpart of an animal that sticks out or is curved like a bird's.
- Slang TermsSlang. a person's nose:His beak curved out and down.
[Chiefly Brit. Slang.]
- Birdsthe bill of a bird; neb.
- Zoologyany similar horny mouthpart in other animals, as the turtle or duckbill.
- anything beaklike or ending in a point, as the spout of a pitcher.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]a person's nose.
- Insects[Entomol.]proboscis (def. 3).
- Botany[Bot.]a narrowed or prolonged tip.
- Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.](formerly) a metal or metal-sheathed projection from the bow of a warship, used to ram enemy vessels;
- Printing[Typography.]a serif on the arm of a character, as of a K.
- ArchitectureAlso called bird's beak. [Archit.]a pendant molding forming a drip, as on the soffit of a cornice.
- Latin beccus
- Old French
- Middle English bec 1175–1225
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beak /biːk/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish originbeaked /biːkt/ adj ˈbeaky adj
- the projecting jaws of a bird, covered with a horny sheath; bill
- any beaklike mouthpart in other animals, such as turtles
- slang a person's nose, esp one that is large, pointed, or hooked
- any projecting part, such as the pouring lip of a bucket
- another word for ram
beak /biːk/ n
Etymology: 19th Century: originally thieves' jargon
- a Brit slang word for judge, magistrate, headmaster, schoolmaster