- 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 peeking
Yet Manhattan has none of the defensiveness that seems to be peeking around the corners of this film.
The sun was peeking through the trees, creating pockets of warmth amid the cold mountain air.Camera at the Ready
April 27, 2013
Peeking through the roses stood a single note, which read: "Beloved Mother—always in our hearts."Six Moving Moments From Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral (Video)
April 17, 2013
In the surrounding apartment buildings, heads were peeking out of their windows.I Was Arrested at Occupy Bronx—for Writing About It
December 10, 2011
Or rather, not assuming their personas, but only peeking out through their skin, revealing her own wary eyes.Gillian Wearing: One of Today's 10 Most Important Artists
June 5, 2011
Mebbe he's seen us peeking out and thinks it's time he sheered off?Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
We often see her peeking through a crack in the door when Janchu is naughty.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
You go away and let me do the peeking and listening for you around these parts.Blow The Man Down
And before daylight half of the town was peeking in through the windows at us.Flash-lights from the Seven Seas
William L. Stidger
“That should cure us of peeking into windows,” Brad lectured Babe.Dan Carter and the Money Box
Mildred A. Wirt
- (intr) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
- a quick or furtive glance
Word Origin and History for peeking
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.).