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Origin of peak

1
1520–30; perhaps <Middle Low German pēk pick, pike

OTHER WORDS FROM peak

peakless, adjectivepeaklike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peak

peak , peek, pique, piqué

Definition for peak (2 of 2)

peak2
[ peek ]
/ pik /

verb (used without object)

to become weak, thin, and sickly.

Origin of peak

2
First recorded in 1500–10; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM peak

peakish, adjectivepeak·ish·ly, adverbpeak·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for peak

peak
/ (piːk) /

noun

verb

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

adjective

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

Derived forms of peak

peaky 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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