- The definition of a peer is an equal in age, skill or another category.
An example of a peer is someone who graduated in the same year as a fellow student.
- To peer is defined as to look closely or intently at something that may difficult to see.
Peer is to wake in the night and try to see in the darkness.
peer definition by Webster's New World
- a person or thing of the same rank, value, quality, ability, etc.; equal; specif., an equal before the law
- a noble; esp., a British duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron
Origin: Middle English peir ; from Old French per ; from Classical Latin par, an equal: see par
- to look closely and searchingly, or squint, as in trying to see more clearly
- to come out or show slightly; come partly into sight
- Old Poet. to appear
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps aphetic ; from appear
peer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb peered, peer·ing, peers
- To look intently, searchingly, or with difficulty. See Synonyms at gaze.
- To be partially visible; show: The moon peered from behind dark clouds.
Origin: Middle English piren (probably from Frisian piren) and peren (short for aperen, to appear; see appear).
- A person who has equal standing with another or others, as in rank, class, or age: children who are easily influenced by their peers.
- a. A nobleman.b. A man who holds a peerage by descent or appointment.
- Archaic A companion; a fellow: “To stray away into these forests drear,/Alone, without a peer” (John Keats).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French per, equal, peer, from Latin pār; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots.
peer - Computer Definition
On the same level or providing the same function. In networking, a peer is a node that provides the same functionality as another. For example, two desktop PCs in a network are peers. A desktop PC and a server are not peers as they perform different operations. The desktop PC may query the server for business data, but the server does not query the PC for the same data. See peering.
peer - Phrases/Idioms
peer of the realm