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the bill of a bird; neb.
any 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. a person’s nose.
Entomology, proboscis (def 3).
Botany. a narrowed or prolonged tip.
Nautical. (formerly) a metal or metal-sheathed projection from the bow of a warship, used to ram enemy vessels; ram; rostrum.
Typography. a serif on the arm of a character, as of a K.
Also called bird’s beak. Architecture. a pendant molding forming a drip, as on the soffit of a cornice.
Chiefly British Slang.

a judge; magistrate.
a schoolmaster.

Historical Examples

beaky shrieked and beaky struggled, but all in vain; she did not let him go till he was bald as a bullet.
The Giant Crab and Other Tales from Old India W.H.D. Rouse

“You have not been to see me for ever so long,” said she, rubbing her beaky nose.
A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume

If you were in sight of his beaky nose and bold, black eyes, you were not likely to miss much of what was going on.
The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard Arthur Conan Doyle

“It’s Buzzy, my darlings,” he said, sticking in his beaky nose and wide grinning mouth.
The Salamander Owen Johnson

She wanted him to hear; and she didn’t care if he understood—him and his beaky mother!
Far to Seek Maud Diver

Mrs Bradley—long and thin and beaky—bore down upon her battered son, who edged away sullenly from proffered caresses.
Far to Seek Maud Diver

“Right you are, sir,” said beaky Jem, staring with all his eyes.
A Little World George Manville Fenn

She would have hated the “beaky mother” worse than ever could she have heard her remark to Lady Despard, when they were alone.
Far to Seek Maud Diver

When the evening came, the master sat in his room with beaky and Tweaky.
The Giant Crab and Other Tales from Old India W.H.D. Rouse

The lighter boats are styled tchektermes, and are from 30 to 50 feet in length, with sharp, beaky prow and stern.
Turkey Julius R. Van Millingen

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
(architect) the upper surface of a cornice, which slopes out to throw off water
(chem) the part of a still or retort through which vapour passes to the condenser
(nautical) another word for ram (sense 5)
a Brit slang word for judge, magistrate, headmaster, schoolmaster

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).


A mayor, magistrate, or trial judge •Still current in British slang (1830s+)
The nose: The beak-buster in the opening round was the first punch Moore had thrown


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