- to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
- to peep out or appear slightly.
- to come into view.
Origin of peer2
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Examples from the Web for peering
But peering more closely at the photograph, taken this August, his weary brown eyes reveal a darker truth.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
August 27, 2014
Peering over a notebook this time, I saw him as a character in a larger story about outlaws.Dealing With Dad the Dealer
April 9, 2014
"Peering inside [these] sleek, circular contours reveals a whole lot of nothing," Steven Hyden recently wrote on Grantland.The Last Great Singer-Songwriter Album
February 21, 2014
She was a stout, lively woman, a week from 70, peering at me sharply through butterfly glasses.What Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mother Told Me
November 14, 2013
He recalls meeting the gaze of the assailants—him peering into their eyes, them peering into his for a tense and eternal moment.Are Motorcycle Clubs a Public Menace?
October 8, 2013
The old man was peering at him sharply from under the grey protruding brows.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For other passages containing the comedy of "peering," v. Bac.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
"I think that I can see them yet," said Ford, peering down the moonlit road.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I wished him to go on, but he was peering into my straining eyes with anxious sympathy.
Mr. Winship asked at last, peering out at the carriage window.
- a member of a nobility; nobleman
- a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baronSee also life peer
- a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
- (as modifier)peer pressure
- archaic a companion; mate
- to look intently with or as if with difficultyto peer into the distance
- to appear partially or dimlythe sun peered through the fog
Word Origin and History for peering
c.1300, "an equal in rank or status" (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French peir, Old French per (10c.), from Latin par "equal" (see par (n.)). Sense of "a noble" (late 14c.) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, who, like the Arthurian knights of the Round Table, originally were so called because all were equal. Sociological sense of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peer review attested by 1970. Peer pressure is first recorded 1971.
"to look closely," 1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from East Frisian piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by Middle English peren (late 14c.), shortened form of aperen (see appear). Related: Peered; peering.