- to look through a small opening or from a concealed location.
- to look slyly, pryingly, or furtively.
- to look curiously or playfully.
- to come partially into view; begin to appear: the first crocuses peeping through the snow-covered ground.
- to show or protrude slightly.
- a quick or furtive look or glance.
- the first appearance, as of dawn.
- an aperture for looking through.
Origin of peep1
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- a short, shrill little cry or sound, as of a young bird; cheep; squeak.
- any of various small sandpipers.
- a slight sound or remark, especially in complaint: I don't want to hear a peep out of any of you!
- to utter the short, shrill little cry of a young bird, a mouse, etc.; cheep; squeak.
- to speak in a thin, weak voice.
Origin of peep2
Origin of peep3
- one's friends, family, followers, etc.: I'll have to ask my peeps about this.
- people: Only ten peeps showed up for the hike.
Origin of peeps
Examples from the Web for peep
This film elicited complaints from some on the left, but not a peep from the right.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
Not a peep from LaPierre on this extended assault on citizens of Ferguson, at least that I can find.Why Isn't the NRA Defending Ferguson’s Blacks?
August 19, 2014
This open secrecy served its purpose, says Peep Ehasalu, communications manager for the hotel.The KGB Welcomes You to Estonia’s Hotel Viru. Please Mind the Hidden Bugs
July 31, 2014
Ernst responded by accusing Braley of sexism because his ad, which featured a baby bird not making a peep, had a “chick” in it.The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
Hot right now: “How come we say poo and pee but not poop and peep?”Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss
Kelly Williams Brown
April 5, 2014
And if she's Cinderella, can't we have a peep at the fairy godmother?The Bacillus of Beauty
I had a peep at him in the stall, an' he's lookin' purty fit.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Only one peep; and then the lid shall be shut down as safely as ever!The Paradise of Children
Morning arrived, and the boys, as usual, were up at the first peep of day.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
My little one, you see, going round with me to have a peep at her father's birds.Little Dorrit
- to look furtively or secretly, as through a small aperture or from a hidden place
- to appear partially or brieflythe sun peeped through the clouds
- a quick or furtive look
- the first appearancethe peep of dawn
- (esp of young birds) to utter shrill small noises
- to speak in a thin shrill voice
- a peeping sound
- US any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris (or Erolia) and related genera, such as the pectoral sandpiper
Word Origin and History for peep
"glance" (especially through a small opening), mid-15c., perhaps alteration of Middle English piken (see peek (v.)). Peeping Tom "a curious prying fellow" [Grose] is from 1796; connection with Lady Godiva story dates only from 1837.
"make a short chirp," c.1400, probably altered from pipen (mid-13c.), ultimately imitative (cf. Latin pipare, French pepier, German piepen, Lithuanian pypti, Czech pipati, Greek pipos).
1520s, first in sense found in peep of day, from peep (v.1); meaning "a furtive glance" is first recorded 1730.
"short chirp," early 15c., from peep (v.2); meaning "slightest sound or utterance" (usually in a negative context) is attested from 1903. Meaning "young chicken" is from 1680s. The marshmallow peeps confection are said to date from 1950s.
- positive end-expiratory pressure
Idioms and Phrases with peep
see hear a peep out of.