- having a peak: a peaked cap.
Origin of peaked1
- pale and drawn in appearance so as to suggest illness or stress; wan and sickly.
Origin of peaked2
- the pointed top of a mountain or ridge.
- a mountain with a pointed summit.
- the pointed top of anything.
- the highest or most important point or level: the peak of her political career.
- the maximum point, degree, or volume of anything: Oil prices reached their peak last year.
- a time of the day or year when traffic, use, demand, etc., is greatest and charges, fares, or the like are at the maximum: Early evening is the peak on commuter railroads.
- the higher fare, charges, etc., during such a period: If you fly during the Christmas holidays, you'll have to pay peak.
- the maximum value of a quantity during a specified time interval: a voltage peak.
- the maximum power consumed or produced by a unit or group of units in a stated period of time.
- a projecting point: the peak of a man's beard.
- widow's peak.
- a projecting front piece, or visor, of a cap.
- Phonetics. nucleus(def 8a).
- the contracted part of a ship's hull at the bow or the stern.
- the upper after corner of a sail that is extended by a gaff.
- the outer extremity of a gaff.
- to project in a peak.
- to attain a peak of activity, development, popularity, etc.: The artist peaked in the 1950s.
- Nautical. to raise the after end of (a yard, gaff, etc.) to or toward an angle above the horizontal.
- Also on-peak. being at the point of maximum frequency, intensity, use, etc.; busiest or most active: Hotel rooms are most expensive during the peak travel seasons.
- constituting the highest or maximum level, volume, etc.; optimal; prime: a machine running at peak performance.
Origin of peak1
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- to become weak, thin, and sickly.
Origin of peak2
Examples from the Web for peaked
In point of fact, the mass vilification of the league, which peaked a month ago, burned out as quickly as it ignited.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
His biggest single so far, the Pitbull collaboration “Mmm Yeah,” peaked at No. 49 on the Hot 100.What Is an ‘Austin Mahone’ and Is It Really Contagious?
May 28, 2014
She peaked with a few good songs, but now is riding the wave of promotions, brands, and paparazzi.The Improbable Rise of Rita Ora: A Guide for the Modern-Day Celebrity
May 5, 2014
“Oh, they are with us,” said the leader of the group, a man in his fifties, dressed in camouflage, wearing a peaked military cap.Are East Ukraine's Cops in Moscow's Pocket?
April 15, 2014
The song debuted in 2002, a year in which Putin was wildly popular and peaked at 82 percent job approval.The Making of Brand Putin
Kristen Soltis Anderson
February 13, 2014
The one in which I sat was long and narrow, as all the rest had been, with peaked gables.Old Ticonderoga, A Picture of The Past
By peaked we must understand "stole" or got admission by stealth.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
Under it her peaked little face was the colour of old ivory.Mary Gray
The stoop was gone from his shoulders, and the peering, peaked look from his eyes.The Northern Iron
George A. Birmingham
She took the child away, and it peaked and pined from that day.Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
- having a peak; pointed
- a pointed end, edge, or projectionthe peak of a roof
- the pointed summit of a mountain
- a mountain with a pointed summit
- the point of greatest development, strength, etcthe peak of his career
- a sharp increase in a physical quantity followed by a sharp decreasea voltage peak
- the maximum value of this quantity
- (as modifier)peak voltage
- Also called: visor a projecting piece on the front of some caps
- See widow's peak
- the pointed end of a beard
- the extreme forward (forepeak) or aft (afterpeak) part of the hull
- (of a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail) the after uppermost corner
- the after end of a gaff
- (tr) nautical to set (a gaff) or tilt (oars) vertically
- to form or reach or cause to form or reach a peak or maximum
- of or relating to a period of highest use or demand, as for watching television, commuting, etcpeak viewing hours; peak time
Word Origin and History for peaked
"sickly-looking," 1835, from past participle of obsolete verb peak "look sickly or thin, shrink, waste away" (1540s), which is perhaps from peak in sense of "become pointed" through emaciation. Related: Peakedness.
"pointed top," 1520s, variant of pike (n.4) "sharp point." Meaning "top of a mountain" first recorded 1630s, though pike was used in this sense c.1400. Figurative sense is 1784. Meaning "point formed by hair on the forehead" is from 1833. According to OED, The Peak in Derbyshire is older than the word for "mountaintop;" e.g. Old English Peaclond, for the district, Pecsaetan, for the people who settled there, Peaces ærs for Peak Cavern; sometimes said to be a reference to an elf-denizen Peac "Puck."
1570s, "to rise in a peak," from peak (n.). Figurative meaning "reach highest point" first recorded 1958. Related: peaked; peaking.