peep

1
[peep]
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to show or protrude slightly.

noun


Origin of peep

1
1425–75; late Middle English pepe; assimilated variant of peek

Synonyms for peep

1, 2. Peep, peek, peer mean to look through, over, or around something. To peep or peek is usually to give a quick look through a narrow aperture or small opening, often furtively, slyly, or pryingly, or to look over or around something curiously or playfully: to peep over a wall; to peek into a room. Peek is often associated with children's games. To peer is to look continuously and narrowly for some time, especially in order to penetrate obscurity or to overcome some obstacle in the way of vision: The firefighter peered through the smoke.

peep

2
[peep]

noun

a short, shrill little cry or sound, as of a young bird; cheep; squeak.
any of various small sandpipers.
a slight sound or remark, especially in complaint: I don't want to hear a peep out of any of you!

verb (used without object)

to utter the short, shrill little cry of a young bird, a mouse, etc.; cheep; squeak.
to speak in a thin, weak voice.

Origin of peep

2
1400–50; late Middle English pepen, pipen; compare Dutch, German piepen, Old French piper, Latin pipāre, Greek pippízein, Czech pípat, Lithuanian pỹpti, all ultimately of imitative orig.

peep

3
[peep]

noun

Origin of peep

3
1940–45, Americanism; apparently alteration of jeep

peeps

[peeps]Slang.

plural noun, singular peep.

one's friends, family, followers, etc.: I'll have to ask my peeps about this.
people: Only ten peeps showed up for the hike.
Sometimes peepz.

Origin of peeps

1950–55; shortening and alteration of people + -s3
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Examples from the Web for peep

Contemporary Examples of peep

Historical Examples of peep

  • Jenny longed to peep round the kitchen door at the visitor, but she was afraid that Ruby would carry on about it.

    Carnival

    Compton Mackenzie

  • It is a winter's day when we take our peep into the school-room.

  • So he took hold of the handle of the cover and raised it very slowly and carefully, while the woman stooped down to peep.

  • Now, if your faint heart will allow it, I should advise you to take a peep down here.

  • Fred stopped a minute in the road to peep through the opening into the kitchen, where the thrifty housewife was busy.

    Among the Esquimaux

    Edward S. Ellis



British Dictionary definitions for peep

peep

1

verb (intr)

to look furtively or secretly, as through a small aperture or from a hidden place
to appear partially or brieflythe sun peeped through the clouds

noun

a quick or furtive look
the first appearancethe peep of dawn

Word Origin for peep

C15: variant of peek

peep

2

verb (intr)

(esp of young birds) to utter shrill small noises
to speak in a thin shrill voice

noun

a peeping sound
US any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris (or Erolia) and related genera, such as the pectoral sandpiper

Word Origin for peep

C15: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for peep
v.1

"glance" (especially through a small opening), mid-15c., perhaps alteration of Middle English piken (see peek (v.)). Peeping Tom "a curious prying fellow" [Grose] is from 1796; connection with Lady Godiva story dates only from 1837.

v.2

"make a short chirp," c.1400, probably altered from pipen (mid-13c.), ultimately imitative (cf. Latin pipare, French pepier, German piepen, Lithuanian pypti, Czech pipati, Greek pipos).

n.1

1520s, first in sense found in peep of day, from peep (v.1); meaning "a furtive glance" is first recorded 1730.

n.2

"short chirp," early 15c., from peep (v.2); meaning "slightest sound or utterance" (usually in a negative context) is attested from 1903. Meaning "young chicken" is from 1680s. The marshmallow peeps confection are said to date from 1950s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for peep

PEEP

abbr.

positive end-expiratory pressure
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Idioms and Phrases with peep

peep

see hear a peep out of.

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