pecker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pecker horny projecting mouth of a bird
    • n pecker bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
    • n pecker obscene terms for penis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pecker An instrument for pecking; a pick.
    • Pecker One who, or that which, pecks; specif., a bird that pecks holes in trees; a woodpecker.
    • Pecker The penis; -- an obscene term for the male sexual organ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pecker One who or that which pecks, picks, or hacks; especially, a bird that pecks, as in the compounds nutpecker, oxpecker, woodpecker, flower-pecker.
    • n pecker A picker or pickax.
    • n pecker In weaving, the picker of a loom; the shuttle-driver.
    • n pecker In telegraphy, a relay. Earlier forms of this apparatus pecked like a bird: hence the name.
    • n pecker Courage; spirits; good cheer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pecker that which pecks: a woodpecker:
    • ns Pecker (slang) spirit, as in 'to keep one's pecker up'=to keep up one's spirits
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Idioms

Keep your pecker up - If someone tells you to keep your pecker up, they are telling you not to let your problems get on top of you and to try to be optimistic.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pick.

Usage

In literature:

A moment later a wood-pecker flew out of the hole.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
However, one man knew better, but he was a "furriner," a geologist, a "rock-pecker" from the Bluegrass.
"In Happy Valley" by John Fox
That used to be a favourite sang o' Pecker Donnit's when he precentit up at Dimbarrow.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
Men," he added, "keep your pecker up!
"The White Squall" by John Conroy Hutcheson
In the body of the dead tree a wood-pecker had chiseled out a round hole.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Keep your pecker up, young 'un.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
This is the sort of thing to keep a young man's pecker up.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
Playing a tune to keep your pecker up?
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
It is screwed into a pecker block B, and pinned as shown.
"Gas and Oil Engines, Simply Explained" by Walter C. Runciman
Just keep your pecker up, and stick to the biz.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The high-hole is not so much a wood-pecker as he is a ground-pecker.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
You keep your pecker up, and do the talking, and I'll do the business.
"Blind Policy" by George Manville Fenn
Good-bye, old chap, and keep up your pecker!
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
There is a wood-pecker in the old tree just outside of my window, and he wakes me by his drumming every morning.
"Witch Winnie" by Elizabeth W. Champney
She had been hiding among the trees, and she had seen the wood-pecker flying away with her gift.
"Canadian Fairy Tales" by Cyrus Macmillan
The wood-peckers run up and around the trunks, tapping from time to time with their powerful bill.
"Rambles of a Naturalist" by John D. Godman
And was not your pecker up!
"A Very Naughty Girl" by L. T. Meade
Good-by, old man, keep up your pecker.
"In Touch with Nature" by Gordon Stables
Good-by, old man, keep up your pecker.
"In Touch with Nature" by Gordon Stables
Harry," said poor Fred, in utter weariness, "I do wish that bally wood-pecker would chuck it!
"The Secrets of a Savoyard" by Henry A. Lytton
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In poetry:

Is this the court of the Exchequer?
ALL. It is!
DEFENDANT (aside) Be firm, be firm, my pecker,
Your evil star's in the ascendant!
ALL. Who are you?
DEFENDANT. I'm the Defendant.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ne'er heed if grim poverty pays yo a visit,
'Twill nivver stop long if yo show a bold front;
It's noa sin to be poor, if yo cant help it,--is it?
Soa keep up yor pecker an gie sorrow a shunt.
"Mak th' Best Ont" by John Hartley
It's 'elped me through the toughest times — an' some was middlin' tough —
The 'ardest march was not so 'ard, the roughest not so rough;
It's 'elped me keep my pecker up in victory an' defeat,
Just to think about my 'ome in 'Enry Street.
"The Convalescent" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Poor `Pecker' Gets Exploited .
The past few months have brought several meditations on the subject— The Truman Show, Pecker, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Velvet Goldmine.
John Waters approaches mainstream with Pecker '.
Poor ` Pecker ' Gets Exploited.
You're sitting in a dark theater, watching John Waters' new movie, Pecker , thinking yourself pretty unflappable.
Congrats to east Texans Jonny Pecker (& the Beaver Bustin Pickle Weasels).
Pinter , Plagues and Two Aussie Peckers Light Up London Stages.
Some preferred to categorize the "slime" as a "thickening agent" while others insisted you need to be a wood pecker to eat one.
A Dutch wildlife smuggler thought he invented a foolproof way to import his fine-feathered friends and elude authorities -- line the inside of his pants with the little peckers.
Check out "Deception" by Mark Jeker's Peckers, recorded at Arthur's St Moritz in Sparta, and "Jack Kerouac" by Joe Cassady & The West End Sound, recorded outdoors at Oktoberfest in High Bridge.
If you think you have a hard time getting through airport security, wait until you try getting through it packing the world's largest pecker – because that is exactly what happened to Jonah Falcon.
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In science:

The result of the addition is a radiation density of equivalent black body temperature 4.212 K (Pecker and Narlikar 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Pecker, Sur le th´eor`eme local de Harnack, C. R.
Polynomial representation for long knots
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