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beak

[ beek ]SEE DEFINITION OF beak

Synonyms for beak

  • snout
  • bill
  • mandible
  • muzzle
  • neb
  • nib
  • nozzle
  • pecker
  • proboscis
  • projection
  • prow
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEAK

I am lean and bony and I've got a beak where I should have a nose.

All I do know was, that I was brought before a beak and charged with stealing.

He brought them alive in his beak, and gave them to his companion.

And the beak giv' 'em six weeks—coss the ship warn't overloaded.

I can see her figure-head distinctly—a bird with a beak as big as its head.'

There is often a very audible snap of the beak as they arrest their prey.

The feet are not feathered, and the legs and beak are shorter.

My master's a law-cove, and he'll 'ave y' up before the beak.

All the rest of the body is black; while the beak is of the colour of sulphur.

And as he sought for it he saw a raven with a leaf in her beak.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "bird's bill," from Old French bec "beak," figuratively "mouth," also "tip or point of a nose, a lance, a ship, a shoe," from Latin beccus (cf. Italian becco, Spanish pico), said by Suetonius ("De vita Caesarum" 18) to be of Gaulish origin, perhaps from Gaulish beccus, possibly related to Celtic stem bacc- "hook." Or there may be a link in Old English becca "pickax, sharp end." Jocular sense of "human nose" is from 1854 (but also was used mid-15c. in the same sense).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BEAK

bow

nounfront of boat
  • beak
  • bowsprit
  • fore
  • forepart
  • head
  • nose
  • prow
  • stem

mouth

nounopening
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