- 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
- 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
Examples from the Web for peeps
From Peeps to Cadbury eggs, The Daily Beast ranks the 25 most calorific candies.Most Fattening Easter Candy
The Daily Beast
April 20, 2011
We perforce took our peeps at nature from behind the barriers.My Reminiscences
In your minds a memory lingers,And it peeps the bars between!Golden Moments
At last he goes to th' kettle, and lifts up the lid, and peeps in.Mary Barton
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
But this one peeps as if he was hurt; see how he pecks to get in.Dotty Dimple At Home
You know it, Prudy, how it peeps out from a tangle of little tendrils?Aunt Madge's Story
- 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 peeps
"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 peeps
see hear a peep out of.