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peaked2

[pee-kid]
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adjective
  1. pale and drawn in appearance so as to suggest illness or stress; wan and sickly.
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Origin of peaked2

Related formspeak·ed·ly, adverbpeak·ed·ness, noun
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  • For instance, no mountain in the Alps produces a more vigorous impression of peakedness than the Matterhorn.

    Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)

    John Ruskin


British Dictionary definitions for peakedness

peaked

adjective
  1. having a peak; pointed
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Word Origin and History for peakedness

peaked

adj.

"sickly-looking," 1835, from past participle of obsolete verb peak "look sickly or thin, shrink, waste away" (1540s), which is perhaps from peak in sense of "become pointed" through emaciation. Related: Peakedness.

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