[ peep-hohl ]
See synonyms for peephole on
  1. a small hole or opening through which to peep or look, as in a door.

Origin of peephole

First recorded in 1675–85; peep1 + hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peephole in a sentence

  • "I was watching you through my little peep-hole—as you saw," he began, with a pleasant smile, advancing to shake hands.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • A small window in one end of the shack, opened about two inches at the bottom, answered well enough for a peep-hole.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
  • Once I caught (I thought) a slit in her eye––a peep-hole through which she spied upon me.

  • Having completed his peep hole, he glued his eye to it, but was unable to make out anyone in the room below him.

  • And now he gazed through the peep-hole of the curtain upon a crammed and half-delirious auditorium.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for peephole


/ (ˈpiːpˌhəʊl) /

  1. a small aperture, such as one in the door of a flat for observing callers before opening

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