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  1. a small hole or opening through which to peep or look, as in a door.
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Origin of peephole

First recorded in 1675–85; peep1 + hole
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Examples from the Web for peep-hole

Historical Examples

  • I hastily draw the curtains and leave one peep-hole for myself.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • "Worse than wolves," thought the boy as he ventured again to his peep-hole.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago

    Edith Gilman Brewster

  • Let me now return to business—that is to say, to my peep-hole and my pipe-hole.

  • In the first place, when he attempted to look through the peep-hole it was not there.

  • A peep-hole, shaped like a cross, opened and an eye examined us.

British Dictionary definitions for peep-hole


  1. a small aperture, such as one in the door of a flat for observing callers before opening
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Word Origin and History for peep-hole


1680s, from peep (v.1) + hole (n.).

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