[ 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.


a quick or furtive look or glance; peep.

Origin of peek

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

Can be confused

peak peek pique piqué Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peek


/ (piːk) /


(intr) to glance quickly or furtively; peep


a quick or furtive glance

Word Origin for peek

C14 pike, related to Middle Dutch kiken to peek
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