- to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
- to peep out or appear slightly.
- to come into view.
Origin of peer2
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Examples from the Web for peered
They peered out into the gloom from Battery Park and could not make out her form.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
Yambuku Breman peered out at the huge Congo River system as the flight took off.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
With eyes starting from my head I peered into the darkness, but when he came into the room I did not see him.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Yet the Times still overlooked allegations whose seriousness it would have recognized had it peered closer.Don’t Leave the Mayor’s Race Yet, Anthony Weiner
July 26, 2013
For decades after the end of that war, Democrats peered nervously over their shoulders at a public that considered them soft.Obama Unbound
June 5, 2013
No answer coming, he peered through the window, but saw no one.Brave and Bold
Andrew peered into the grim face of the older man; there was not a flicker of a smile in it.Way of the Lawless
He raised the covering hand, and peered at the coin in the gathering gloom.In the Midst of Alarms
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
- a member of a nobility; nobleman
- a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baronSee also life peer
- a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
- (as modifier)peer pressure
- archaic a companion; mate
- to look intently with or as if with difficultyto peer into the distance
- to appear partially or dimlythe sun peered through the fog
Word Origin and History for peered
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.
"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.