- 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
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Examples from the Web for peeked
John peeked out the curtain window, saw me, and immediately opened it and pulled me inside.Beatles Photographer Henry Grossman on ‘Places I Remember’
March 27, 2013
Another night, when he started grilling me about other men, I suspected that he had peeked at my cellphone texts.Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed
October 12, 2012
I assumed there was a fancy-pants magazine photo shoot in progress and peeked to see who was posing.Foodies Give Me Indigestion
November 14, 2008
Mrs. Clark peeked down and saw him there, standin' up to his neck.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
She walked to the front of the office and peeked through the wicket.
I went downstairs once that night and peeked in through the curtains.The Blue Wall
Richard Washburn Child
He peeked and pried, and was bent on penetrating the mystery.Bird Stories from Burroughs
To operate it you peeked into the range finder, then threw a lever.If You Don't Write Fiction
Charles Phelps Cushing
- (intr) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
- a quick or furtive glance
Word Origin and History for peeked
late 14c., piken "look quickly and slyly," of unknown origin. The words peek, keek, and peep all were used with more or less the same meaning 14c.-15c.; perhaps the ultimate source was Middle Dutch kieken. Related: Peeked; peeking.
"a peek, glance," 1844, from peek (v.).