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[peep-hohl] /ˈpipˌhoʊl/
a small hole or opening through which to peep or look, as in a door.
Origin of peephole
1675-85; peep1 + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A peep-hole, shaped like a cross, opened and an eye examined us.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Let me now return to business—that is to say, to my peep-hole and my pipe-hole.

  • Gus scratched a peep-hole in the hoar frost on the window pane and looked out into the ten-below moonlight.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • It may have been the direct influence from her peep-hole on Olympus of Sappho's own Aphrodite.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • A small window in one end of the shack, opened about two inches at the bottom, answered well enough for a peep-hole.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • Evans looked through the peep-hole of the cell an hour later.

  • My garden-door has a sort of peep-hole in it, covered with a wire grating.

  • Fresh faces appeared at the window and at the peep-hole in the door.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • Without waiting to say more Ted hurried back to his peep-hole.

    Captain Ted Louis Pendleton
  • "I'll show you how," added Kitty, taking her turn at the peep-hole.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for peep-hole


a small aperture, such as one in the door of a flat for observing callers before opening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peep-hole

1680s, from peep (v.1) + hole (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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