peek

[ peek ]
/ pik /

verb (used without object)

to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location; peep; peer.

noun

a quick or furtive look or glance; peep.

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Origin of peek

1325–75; Middle English piken (v.); perhaps dissimilated variant of kiken to keek

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peek

peak peek pique piqué
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British Dictionary definitions for peek

peek
/ (piːk) /

verb

(intr) to glance quickly or furtively; peep

noun

a quick or furtive glance

Word Origin for peek

C14 pike, related to Middle Dutch kiken to peek
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