- The definition of a peep is a small sound or word, or a quick look.
- An example of a peep is the sound of a chick.
- An example of a peep is a single word.
- An example of a peep is to look inside a box containing a present.
- To peep is to make a high-pitched sound, or to look through a small space.
- An example of to peep is for a chick to make a sound.
- An example of to peep is to make a small sound in fear.
- An example of to peep is to look through a keyhole.
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- to make the short, high-pitched cry of a young bird or chick; chirp; cheep
- to utter a sound or speak in a small, weak voice, as from fear
Origin: Middle English pepen: origin, originally echoic
- a short, high-pitched sound; chirp; cheep
- the slightest vocal sound: heard not a peep from him
- to look through a small opening or from a place of hiding
- to peer slyly or secretly; take a hasty, furtive look
- to come into view; show or appear gradually or partially, as though from hiding: stars peeped through the clouds
Origin: Middle English pepen, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to piken, peek
- a brief, hasty look or restricted view; secret or furtive glimpse or glance
- the first appearance; crack, as of dawn
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intransitive verb peeped, peep·ing, peeps
- To utter short, soft, high-pitched sounds, like those of a baby bird; cheep.
- To speak in a hesitant, thin, high-pitched voice.
- A short, soft, high-pitched sound or utterance, like that of a baby bird.
- A slight sound or utterance: I don't want to hear a peep out of you.
- Any of various small North American sandpipers.
Origin: Middle English *pepen, probably alteration of pipen, from Old English pīpian, to pipe, from pīpe, tube, musical instrument, and from Latin pīpāre, to peep; see pipe.
verb peeped, peep·ing, peeps verb, intransitive
- To peek furtively; steal a quick glance.
- To peer through a small aperture or from behind something.
- To appear as though emerging from a hiding place: the moon peeping through the clouds.
- A quick or furtive look or glance.
- A first glimpse or appearance: the peep of dawn.
Origin: Middle English pepen, perhaps alteration of piken, to peek; see peek.