Nearby words

  1. peacock, thomas love,
  2. peacock-flower,
  3. peafowl,
  4. peag,
  5. peahen,
  6. peak district,
  7. peak experience,
  8. peak expiratory flow,
  9. peak flow meter,
  10. peak load

Origin of peak

1520–30; perhaps < Middle Low German pēk pick, pike

Related formspeak·less, adjectivepeak·like, adjective

Can be confusedpeak peek pique piqué


[ peek ]
/ pik /

verb (used without object)

to become weak, thin, and sickly.

Origin of peak

First recorded in 1500–10; origin uncertain

Related formspeak·ish, adjectivepeak·ish·ly, adverbpeak·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peak


/ (piːk) /



(tr) nautical to set (a gaff) or tilt (oars) vertically
to form or reach or cause to form or reach a peak or maximum


of or relating to a period of highest use or demand, as for watching television, commuting, etcpeak viewing hours; peak time
Derived Formspeaky or peakish, adjective

Word Origin for peak

C16: perhaps from pike ², influenced by beak 1; compare Spanish pico, French pic, Middle Low German pēk

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Word Origin and History for peak
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