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peekaboo

[peek-uh-boo] /ˈpik əˌbu/
noun
1.
Also called bo-peep. a game played by or with very young children, typically in which one covers the face or hides and then suddenly uncovers the face or reappears, calling “Peekaboo!”.
adjective
2.
Clothing.
  1. decorated with openwork.
  2. made of a sheer and revealing material, as some blouses for women.
3.
appearing briefly and then vanishing, or promising to appear but failing to do so:
the fluctuating response of the stock market to a peekaboo economic recovery.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; peek + -a- connective + boo1
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  • Slowly they learn to enjoy hanging out in the playrooms, where favorite games are peekaboo and hide-and-seek.
British Dictionary definitions for peekaboo

peekaboo

/ˈpiːkəˌbuː/
noun
1.
a game for young children, in which one person hides his face and suddenly reveals it and cries "peekaboo."
adjective
2.
(of a garment) made of fabric that is almost transparent or patterned with small holes
Word Origin
C16: from peek + boo
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Word Origin and History for peekaboo
n.

also peek-a-boo, as a children's game attested from 1590s; as an adjective meaning "see-through, open," it dates from 1895. From peek (v.) + boo.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for peekaboo

peekaboo

adjective

Made of a sheer fabric or decorated with holes; see-through (1895+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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