Peep meaning

pēp
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.

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To utter short, soft, high-pitched sounds, like those of a baby bird; cheep.
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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 speak in a hesitant, thin, high-pitched voice.
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A short, soft, high-pitched sound or utterance, like that of a baby bird.
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A slight sound or utterance.

I don't want to hear a peep out of you.

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Any of various small North American sandpipers.
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To peek furtively; steal a quick glance.
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To peer through a small aperture or from behind something.
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To appear as though emerging from a hiding place.

The moon peeping through the clouds.

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To cause to emerge or become partly visible.

He peeped his head through the door.

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A quick or furtive look or glance.
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A first glimpse or appearance.

The peep of dawn.

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To make the short, high-pitched cry of a young bird or chick; chirp; cheep.
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To utter a sound or speak in a small, weak voice, as from fear.
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A short, high-pitched sound; chirp; cheep.
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The slightest vocal sound.

Heard not a peep from him.

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To look through a small opening or from a place of hiding.
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To peer slyly or secretly; take a hasty, furtive look.
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To come into view; show or appear gradually or partially, as though from hiding.

Stars peeped through the clouds.

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The first appearance; crack, as of dawn.
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(US) A soft marshmallow candy, shaped into a baby animal for Easter celebration.
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To cause to appear or protrude.
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A brief, hasty look or restricted view; secret or furtive glimpse or glance.
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Origin of peep

  • Middle English pepen probably alteration of pipen from Old English pīpian to pipe from pīpe tube, musical instrument and from Latin pīpāre to peep pipe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pepen perhaps alteration of piken to peek peek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • PEEPS® is a trademark of Just Born, Inc., since 1999, although the trademark was first used in 1954.

    From Wiktionary