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.

Nearby words

  1. pee,
  2. pee dee,
  3. peebles,
  4. peeblesshire,
  5. peegee hydrangea,
  6. peekaboo,
  7. peekapoo,
  8. peekskill,
  9. peel,
  10. peel off

Origin of peek

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

Can be confusedpeak peek pique piqué Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peeked



(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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