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peeper1

[pee-per]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that emits or utters a peeping sound.
  2. Northeastern U.S. any of several frogs having a peeping call, especially the spring peeper.
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Origin of peeper1

First recorded in 1585–95; peep2 + -er1

peeper2

[pee-per]
noun
  1. a person who peeps in an abnormally prying manner; a voyeur.
  2. peepers, Slang. the eyes.
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Origin of peeper2

First recorded in 1645–55; peep1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for peepers

Historical Examples

  • The peepers, not far away, heard him utter an exclamation of amazement.

    The Grammar School Boys of Gridley

    H. Irving Hancock

  • Iss, and we must keep our peepers oppen fur the purty maid, too.

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking

  • Part the curtains of your peepers, Winnie, and observe this bunch of Injuns.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • Well, I reckons I has clapped my peepers on this yere youngster before.

  • And so you've opened your peepers like an honest man at last, Dawky!

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2)

    Robert Montgomery Bird


British Dictionary definitions for peepers

peeper

noun
  1. a person who peeps
  2. (often plural) a slang word for eye 1 (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for peepers

peeper

n.

1650s, "one who peeps," agent noun from peep (v.1). Slang meaning "eye" is c.1700. From 1590s as "young chicken" and 1857 as "tree frog" (American English), both from peep (v.2).

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