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 confusedpeak peek pique piqué

Synonyms for peek

1. See peep1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for peeking

peep, glance, snoop, watch, look, gander, blink, glimpse, peer, snatch, spy, squint, stare

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British Dictionary definitions for peeking



(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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Word Origin and History for peeking



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.).

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