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Definition of 'peep'


Etymology 1

Onomatopoeic, from (etyl) pepen


  • A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird.
  • A feeble utterance or complaint.
  • I don't want to hear a peep out of you !
  • The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill.
  • 2001 , , Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 177 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001
    "Peep', ' peep ," said Edward, "I'm ready."
    "Peep', '''peep''', ' peep ," said Henry, "so am I."
  • A kind of bird; a sandpiper.
  • Verb

  • To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird.
  • To speak briefly with a quiet voice.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


  • To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed.
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  • *:And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs, ascending the stairs two at a time, peeped perfunctorily into the nursery as she passed the hallway—and halted amazed.
  • *{{quote-book|year=1959|author=(Georgette Heyer)|title=(The Unknown Ajax)|chapter=1
  • |passage=But Richmond
  • To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:When flowers first peeped , and trees did blossoms bear.
  • Hypernyms
    * glance


  • A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
  • * {{quote-book
  • |year=1907 |title=(The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses) |author=Robert W. Service |chapter=(The Cremation of Sam McGee) |passage=I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside. / I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked";. . . then the door I opened wide.}}

    Derived terms

    * bo-peep * by-peep * peeper, peepers (rel-mid3) * peep pixels * peep show (rel-mid3) * peeping tom * pixel peeper (rel-bottom)

    Etymology 3

    Of uncertain origin


  • (obsolete) A spot on a die or domino.
  • Synonyms
    * (spot on die or domino) pip

    Etymology 4

    , a shortened form of people.


  • (British|slang) person.
  • English onomatopoeias English palindromes

    Similar to 'peep'

    pip, poop, pop, pap, pep, pup, peop