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peep

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[ peep ]
/ pip /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to show or protrude slightly.
noun
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Origin of peep

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First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English pepe; assimilated variant of peek

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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.

Other definitions for peep (2 of 3)

peep2
[ peep ]
/ pip /

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

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First recorded in 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 origin

Other definitions for peep (3 of 3)

peep3
[ peep ]
/ pip /

noun

Origin of peep

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An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; apparently alteration of Jeep
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British Dictionary definitions for peep (1 of 2)

peep1
/ (piːp) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for peep (2 of 2)

peep2
/ (piːp) /

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with peep

peep

see hear a peep out of.

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