|Swell’s Night Guide 51: Fuzzy had got his pecker up, and was stalling up to Sall, but she cut his pitch.|
|Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 244: Dispirited became our friend – / Depressed his moral pecker.‘The Haughty Actor’|
|Dict. Amer. Sl.|
|When the Green Woods Laugh (1985) 263: Got your pecker up all right now, haven’t you? [...] Not down in the dumps now, are you?|
|Dreamcatcher 327: Since they’d seen what happened to that banker from Massachusetts who tried to run, their peckers had wilted considerably, poor fellows.|
2. (orig. US, also peck) the penis; a generic term for sex.
|‘The Joy of the Brave’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 101: She gave me to feel that nought would suffice / But stiff sturdy pecker, so proud with desire. [Ibid.] ‘F-cking on the Sly’ 140: Again the wayward pecker press’d Her c—t.|
|Stag Party n.p.: My pecker got hard behind the tree / [...] / And I found I had no inclination to pee.|
|anonymous doggerel in Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1968) I 109: The woodpecker pecked on the schoolhouse door / And he pecked and he pecked till his pecker was sore.|
|‘O Ellis Glinn’ Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: You should of made your pecker hard.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 455: I come once an’ my pecker got sore, Li’l Liza Jane.|
|Companion Volume 247: He’d like to put his pecker into something warm and hollow.|
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 75: I unbuttoned my fly and got my pecker out.|
|‘I Left the Mess-Room Early’ in Airman’s Song Book (1945) 49: The morning air was cold, which made my pecker freeze.|
|Go, Man, Go! 88: I’ll singe your goddamn hair off and burn your pecker to a cinder.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 59: He sorta looked like the bike was growin outtaim; like he had a bike between his legs instead of a pecka.|
|Great Santini (1977) 312: Mine’s a lot bigger than that little dried up piece of shit you call a pecker.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 10: Give the old pecker a few tugs for the practice.|
|Homeboy 85: Marty was crying again and his little pecker was all shrunk.|
|Indep. Information 4–10 Sept. 34: He’s poked his pecker in some sorry trash bins.|
|Nature Girl 54: Touched where? [...] Just on your pecker?|
|Thrill City [ebook] His pecker needs a woman’s touch, more like.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 30: You pray to him to find your pecker?|
|Guardian On Line 9 Aug. [Internet] The pecker pecking order, if you will: the bigger the mister, the bigger the man.|
3. a general term of abuse.
|Thieves’ Market 108: ‘Get him giving me the eye,’ the trucker said. ‘Go ahead, burn a hole in me, you pecker.’.|
|Paradise Alley (1978) 52: I’m tough an’ nervy, but my kid brother, who should be a real rough pecker, iz about as mean as a daisy.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 43: You shriveled little pecker.|
4. (US/Can.) a young child.
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 15 Aug. This little pecker named Johnny used to live down the street from us. We saw his mother in a big white house with some blonde guy.|
5. see peckerhead
a health check, looking for symptoms of VD.
|Nam (1982) 209: A couple of guys who have been [...] giggling over pecker checks for ten years.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 188: Them chuck squid pecker-checkers were number one.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] pecker cheese (compound noun, non-count) smegma. Not used in polite company.|
(US) an objectionable, aggressive person; also attrib.
|letter 23 Aug. in Charters I (1995) 91: You were right about my ‘peckerhead romanticism’.|
|Plunder (2005) 211: Business before pleasure, peckerhead!|
|Hall of Mirrors (1987) 312: The old man sneered, ‘you ain’t but a big young peckerhead’.|
|Go-Boy! 26: Well, well, if it ain’t little peckerhead’s silent partner.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 262: One respondent suggested that peckerhead is peculiarly a West Point term, but it seems common enough in general American usage.|
|Big Ben Kennedy.com Journal 24 Jul. [Internet] ‘Can I not cuss for 3 hours?’ I should be able to, but just in case let me get it out of my system now... Shit, Fuck, Bitch, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, [...] Pecker Head.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] ‘This guy’s a peckerhead,’ said Doyle. ‘Fucking crybaby,’ Big Tony added.|
|Bad Sex on Speed 25: A peckerhead tweaker trying to fry Jews and Mexicans out of his brainpan.|
(US prison) a room set aside for conjugal visits.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Pecker Palace: A place for conjugal visits.|
|‘First Blowjob’ on Flashbacks at NationalLampoon.com [Internet] ‘A blowjob,’ Mr. Phillips repeated. ‘You know, when a fellow forces his dork down your throat and makes you suck on it until he eventually shoots his pecker-snot all over your tonsils.’.|
(US) semen left on a sheet or other similar object after intercourse or, usu., masturbation.
|letter in Charters (1993) 203: We did it in so many places that Denver was covered with our peckertracks.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 147: pecker-tracks semen stains on sheets or clothing.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] pecker tracks (compound noun, count) Sperm left over on a sheet or other similar object after masturbation is complete.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 110: The superior boxer shorts are those with minimal (or no) shit stains or pecker tracks.|
see under dead adj.
to stay cheerful, despite possible adversity; often as imp. keep your pecker up!
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 127: Keep your pecker up, old feller!|
|Melbourne Punch 9 Aug. 6/2: ‘Slangiana’ [...] ‘Come, keep your pecker up’ aloud / He said.|
|Trail of the Serpent 181: ‘Keep up your pecker,’ them’s his words.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 133/2: So ’oud up th’ ‘pickir’ an’ thau maiy ’ave ’er afoar tu-morrow nyght.|
|Dick Temple I 257: Them words of encouragement helped me [...] to keep my pecker up.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Mar. 4/4: You are by no means the first distinguished journalist [...] that has been instructed by the Sydney Bulletin. “‘eep your pecker up,’ and mind your hair strokes.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 243: Keep up your pecker, old man.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 9/1: Of the ‘representative’ defendants in the Premier Building Association case, little Mirams best keeps up his pecker.|
|in Punch 26 Nov. 245: Ta, ta, old cock—keep your pecker up.|
|Lord Jim 32: He had every facility given him to remain under lock and key, with a chair, a table, a mattress in the 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.|
|Conversational Hints 177: Ta, ta, old cock – keep your pecker up!|
|Aus. Felix (1971) 253: No matter how black things looked, I always kept my pecker up.|
|Best Short Stories 327: Keep your pecker up and carry on.‘Contract of Corporal Twing’ in O’Brien & Cournos|
|Family from One End Street 135: Keep your pecker up, old man [...] where there’s life, they says, there’s hope!|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 102: Motto: KEEP YOUR PECKER UP, OLD COCK. / HERE’S THE CHOPPER COMING.|
|in Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 236: A boatload of American soldiers is met by British girls shouting, ‘Keep your pecker up, chum!’.|
|Derby Dly Teleg. 29 Dec. 9/2: [headline] Keeping Their Pecker Up.|
|(con. 1940s) Confessions 118: Keep your pecker up and stick to your story.|
|Inside the Und. 167: The wife keeps her pecker up.|
|Public Burning (1979) 257: Keep the Incarnation’s pecker up.|
|Filth 282: Merry Christmas! Keep the pecker up!|
|Indep. Rev. 18 Oct. 1: I say pecker up.|
|Motivated Mind 127: While overconfidence will help you keep your pecker up it won't necessarily help you achieve all your goals.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 158: Ye cannae let them beat ye and grind ye doon. Pecker up at aw times.|
(US) to interfere; to become involved.
|Green River Rising 20: Don’t stick your pecker in. Anywhere.|