- to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location; peep; peer.
- a quick or furtive look or glance; peep.
Origin of peek
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Examples from the Web for peek
The pyramids of Meroe await a day when stability will allow outsiders to peek at a forgotten ancient kingdom.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
As such, they allow us a peek at the chemistry before the planets and moons evolved into what we know them as today.Earthlings, We Landed on a Comet
Matthew R. Francis
November 12, 2014
To track your light exposure and progress, simply take a peek at the 10 LED lights attached to the face of the device.Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With This New Tracker
November 7, 2014
One can even rent out the villa here or wander down from the Arc de Triomphe and peek through the fence.Paris’s Secret Fashion Week Haunts
July 8, 2014
I also catch a peek at an attractive blond woman wearing a light gold dress, a tiara and a sash that reads "Miss Golden Berries."Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films
March 2, 2014
I should think you'd be ashamed to peek before the party was ready!
You can peek in at the door of the stall and see for yourself.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
All the help that could get to a window to peek had knocked off work to do it.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Then he works his silk dicer up off'm his ears, and has a peek at that.Shorty McCabe
And I'd have little doors that would open up in the road and we'd peek out.The Forbidden Trail
- (intr) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
- a quick or furtive glance
Word Origin and History for peek
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.
"a peek, glance," 1844, from peek (v.).