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peek

[peek] /pik/
verb (used without object)
1.
to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location; peep; peer.
noun
2.
a quick or furtive look or glance; peep.
Origin of peek
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English piken (v.); perhaps dissimilated variant of kiken to keek
Can be confused
peak, peek, pique, piqué.
Synonyms
1. See peep1 .
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peek

/piːk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
noun
2.
a quick or furtive glance
Word Origin
C14 pike, related to Middle Dutch kiken to peek
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Word Origin and History for peek
v.

late 14c., piken "look quickly and slyly," of unknown origin. The words peek, keek, and peep all were used with more or less the same meaning 14c.-15c.; perhaps the ultimate source was Middle Dutch kieken. Related: Peeked; peeking.

n.

"a peek, glance," 1844, from peek (v.).

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