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[peer] /pɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
2.
to peep out or appear slightly.
3.
to come into view.
Origin of peer2
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; perhaps aphetic variant of appear
Related forms
peeringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See peep1 .
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Examples from the Web for peered
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  • No answer coming, he peered through the window, but saw no one.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Andrew peered into the grim face of the older man; there was not a flicker of a smile in it.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He raised the covering hand, and peered at the coin in the gathering gloom.

  • She peered out of the window, and then leant her head through the opening.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I walked straight to the gate through which she had entered and peered in.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for peered

peer1

/pɪə/
noun
1.
a member of a nobility; nobleman
2.
a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron See also life peer
3.
  1. a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
  2. (as modifier): peer pressure
4.
(archaic) a companion; mate
Word Origin
C14 (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal

peer2

/pɪə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to look intently with or as if with difficulty: to peer into the distance
2.
to appear partially or dimly: the sun peered through the fog
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes
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Word Origin and History for peered

peer

n.

c.1300, "an equal in rank or status" (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French peir, Old French per (10c.), from Latin par "equal" (see par (n.)). Sense of "a noble" (late 14c.) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, who, like the Arthurian knights of the Round Table, originally were so called because all were equal. Sociological sense of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peer review attested by 1970. Peer pressure is first recorded 1971.

peer

v.

"to look closely," 1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from East Frisian piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by Middle English peren (late 14c.), shortened form of aperen (see appear). Related: Peered; peering.

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