Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pecker n.2

[SE pecker, that which pecks, i.e. a beak, a bill]

1. courage.

[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 51: Fuzzy had got his pecker up, and was stalling up to Sall, but she cut his pitch.
[UK]W.S. Gilbert ‘The Haughty Actor’ Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 244: Dispirited became our friend – / Depressed his moral pecker.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
[UK]H.E. Bates 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?
[US]S. King 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.

[UK] ‘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.
[US]Stag Party n.p.: My pecker got hard behind the tree / [...] / And I found I had no inclination to pee.
[US] anonymous doggerel in G. Legman 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.
[US]‘O Ellis Glinn’ Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: You should of made your pecker hard.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 455: I come once an’ my pecker got sore, Li’l Liza Jane.
[US]R. McAlmon Companion Volume 247: He’d like to put his pecker into something warm and hollow.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 75: I unbuttoned my fly and got my pecker out.
[UK] ‘I Left the Mess-Room Early’ in C.H. Ward-Jackson Airman’s Song Book (1945) 49: The morning air was cold, which made my pecker freeze.
[US]E. De Roo Go, Man, Go! 88: I’ll singe your goddamn hair off and burn your pecker to a cinder.
[US]H. Selby Jr 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.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 312: Mine’s a lot bigger than that little dried up piece of shit you call a pecker.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 10: Give the old pecker a few tugs for the practice.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 85: Marty was crying again and his little pecker was all shrunk.
[UK]Indep. Information 4–10 Sept. 34: He’s poked his pecker in some sorry trash bins.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 54: Touched where? [...] Just on your pecker?
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] His pecker needs a woman’s touch, more like.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 30: You pray to him to find your pecker?
[UK]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.

[US]A.I. Bezzerides Thieves’ Market 108: ‘Get him giving me the eye,’ the trucker said. ‘Go ahead, burn a hole in me, you pecker.’.
[US]S. Stallone 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.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 43: You shriveled little pecker.

4. (US/Can.) a young child.

[Can]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

In compounds

pecker check (n.)

a health check, looking for symptoms of VD.

[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 209: A couple of guys who have been [...] giggling over pecker checks for ten years.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 188: Them chuck squid pecker-checkers were number one.
peckerhead (n.) (also pecker) [-head sfx (1)]

(US) an objectionable, aggressive person; also attrib.

[US]Kerouac letter 23 Aug. in Charters I (1995) 91: You were right about my ‘peckerhead romanticism’.
[US]B. Appel Plunder (2005) 211: Business before pleasure, peckerhead!
[US]R. Stone Hall of Mirrors (1987) 312: The old man sneered, ‘you ain’t but a big young peckerhead’.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 26: Well, well, if it ain’t little peckerhead’s silent partner.
[Aus]B. Moore 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.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] ‘This guy’s a peckerhead,’ said Doyle. ‘Fucking crybaby,’ Big Tony added.
[US]J. Stahl Bad Sex on Speed 25: A peckerhead tweaker trying to fry Jews and Mexicans out of his brainpan.
pecker snot (n.) [snot n.1 (4)]

(US) semen.

‘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.’.
pecker tracks (n.)

(US) semen left on a sheet or other similar object after intercourse or, usu., masturbation.

[US]N. Cassady letter in Charters (1993) 203: We did it in so many places that Denver was covered with our peckertracks.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 147: pecker-tracks semen stains on sheets or clothing.
[US]Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] pecker tracks (compound noun, count) Sperm left over on a sheet or other similar object after masturbation is complete.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 110: The superior boxer shorts are those with minimal (or no) shit stains or pecker tracks.

In phrases

keep one’s pecker up (v.) (also hold up one’s pecker) [sense 1 above; despite chronological impossibility, popular ety. usu. links phr. to sense 2 above]

to stay cheerful, despite possible adversity; often as imp. keep your pecker up!

[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 127: Keep your pecker up, old feller!
[Aus]Melbourne Punch 9 Aug. 6/2: ‘Slangiana’ [...] ‘Come, keep your pecker up’ aloud / He said.
[UK]M.E. Braddon Trail of the Serpent 181: ‘Keep up your pecker,’ them’s his words.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 133/2: So ’oud up th’ ‘pickir’ an’ thau maiy ’ave ’er afoar tu-morrow nyght.
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple I 257: Them words of encouragement helped me [...] to keep my pecker up.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 243: Keep up your pecker, old man.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 9/1: Of the ‘representative’ defendants in the Premier Building Association case, little Mirams best keeps up his pecker.
[UK] in Punch 26 Nov. 245: Ta, ta, old cock—keep your pecker up.
[UK]J. Conrad 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.
[UK]R.C. Lehmann Conversational Hints 177: Ta, ta, old cock – keep your pecker up!
[Aus]‘Henry Handel Richardson’ Aus. Felix (1971) 253: No matter how black things looked, I always kept my pecker up.
[US]S. Stewart ‘Contract of Corporal Twing’ in O’Brien & Cournos Best Short Stories 327: Keep your pecker up and carry on.
[UK]E. Garnett Family from One End Street 135: Keep your pecker up, old man [...] where there’s life, they says, there’s hope!
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 102: Motto: KEEP YOUR PECKER UP, OLD COCK. / HERE’S THE CHOPPER COMING.
[US] in G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 236: A boatload of American soldiers is met by British girls shouting, ‘Keep your pecker up, chum!’.
[UK]Derby Dly Teleg. 29 Dec. 9/2: [headline] Keeping Their Pecker Up.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Confessions 118: Keep your pecker up and stick to your story.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 167: The wife keeps her pecker up.
[US]R. Coover Public Burning (1979) 257: Keep the Incarnation’s pecker up.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 282: Merry Christmas! Keep the pecker up!
[UK]Indep. Rev. 18 Oct. 1: I say pecker up.
R. Persaud Motivated Mind 127: While overconfidence will help you keep your pecker up it won't necessarily help you achieve all your goals.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 158: Ye cannae let them beat ye and grind ye doon. Pecker up at aw times.