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peekaboo

[peek-uh-boo]
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noun
  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!”
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adjective
  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.
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Origin of peekaboo

1590–1600; peek + -a- connective + boo1
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  • If you wore a peekaboo waist she couldn't see through you any easier.

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British Dictionary definitions for peekaboo

peekaboo

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

C16: from peek + boo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for peekaboo

n.

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.

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