1. Also called bo-peep. a game played by or with very young children, typically in which one covers the face or hides and then suddenly uncovers the face or reappears, calling “Peekaboo!”
  1. Clothing.
    1. decorated with openwork.
    2. made of a sheer and revealing material, as some blouses for women.
  2. appearing briefly and then vanishing, or promising to appear but failing to do so: the fluctuating response of the stock market to a peekaboo economic recovery.

Origin of peekaboo

1590–1600; peek + -a- connective + boo1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of peekaboo

  • If you wore a peekaboo waist she couldn't see through you any easier.

    Cobb's Anatomy

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for peekaboo


  1. a game for young children, in which one person hides his face and suddenly reveals it and cries "peekaboo."
  1. (of a garment) made of fabric that is almost transparent or patterned with small holes

Word Origin for peekaboo

C16: from peek + boo
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Word Origin and History for peekaboo

also peek-a-boo, as a children's game attested from 1590s; as an adjective meaning "see-through, open," it dates from 1895. From peek (v.) + boo.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper