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[peek] /pik/
verb (used without object)
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
1325-75; Middle English piken (v.); perhaps dissimilated variant of kiken to keek
Can be confused
peak, peek, pique, piqué.
1. See peep1 . Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Clark peeked down and saw him there, standin' up to his neck.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She walked to the front of the office and peeked through the wicket.

  • I went downstairs once that night and peeked in through the curtains.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • He peeked and pried, and was bent on penetrating the mystery.

  • To operate it you peeked into the range finder, then threw a lever.

    If You Don't Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
  • Then he peeked over into the cellar and I just pointed and couldn't speak.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • I peeked around the corner and Pa and the policeman went off to get a drink.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for peeked


(intransitive) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
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 peeked



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.).

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