Origin of bo-peep

1520–30; bo (variant of boo1) + peep1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bo-peep

Historical Examples of bo-peep

  • If you could have whatever you wished for, what would you choose, Bo-peep?

  • Vendredi gets right, but in makes the same mistake as Bo-Peep.

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll

  • Boy Blue must have brought it up to read to Bo-Peep in the intervals of shepherding.

  • When he reached the door and had said good-bye, he opened it again and said, “Bo-peep!”

  • “I have a very weak head for business, Bo-peep,” was the reply.

British Dictionary definitions for bo-peep


  1. a game for very young children, in which one hides (esp hiding one's face in one's hands) and reappears suddenly
  2. Australian and NZ informal a quick look (esp in the phrase have a bo-peep)
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