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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
First recorded in 1675-85; peep1 + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • De Naarboveck tapped on the peephole made in the massive door.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • I spied through a peephole but could see nothing of our foes.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • I went to the front end of the cabin and put my eye to the peephole.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • In the meantime, Peter was not off his guard at his peephole.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • "Ah, she is too good to live," said Peter, looking out his peephole again.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • Peter employed a new clerk, temporarily, and resumed his pipe and peephole.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • I looked at him, through a peephole, on the day he came with you to visit my uncle!

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • In the middle of his supper, Jack got up and went to the peephole.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon

    Dexter J. Forrester
British Dictionary definitions for peephole


a small aperture, such as one in the door of a flat for observing callers before opening
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