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Origin of peak

1
First recorded in 1520–30; late Middle English pek(e) “spike, pointed tip,” Old English pīc “point, pointed instrument, pike,” probably originally a variant of pike2; compare Middle Low German pēk, peek, peik “pick, pike”

OTHER WORDS FROM peak

peak·less, adjectivepeak·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peak

peak , peek, pique, piqué

Other definitions 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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How to use peak in a sentence

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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