Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[pee-kee] /ˈpi ki/
adjective, peakier, peakiest.
peaked2 .
Origin of peaky
First recorded in 1870-75; peak(ed)2 + -y1
Related forms
peakily, adverb
peakiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for peaky
Historical Examples
  • He's a peaky little chap; it comes of being a poet, I think.

  • It is like liberty itself, after the peaky confinement of Sicily.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • She might be described as pretty, but "peaky" and "spindling."

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Why or wherefore I don't know, but these last days she has been as peaky as can be.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3)

    Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • Them peaky little clams a'most puts out all my shoulder-blades, and wunna bite through a twine of gristle.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • "Your brother is gettin' to be the peaky one, nowadays," went on Mrs. Gates, with her placid frankness.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
  • There are peaky, dark mountains beyond this—just as across the vast bay are gloomy hills.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • I thought there was something wrong about you when you came in; you had a peaky, under-fed look.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • His features were peaky and sallow, and his little pointed beard was thready and ill-nourished.

    Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • His peaky little beard, and the way he carried himself, as well as the quickness of his movements, told one that.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for peaky


adjective -kier, -kiest
wan, emaciated, or sickly
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for peaky

Word Value for peaky

Scrabble Words With Friends