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[pee-kee] /ˈpi ki/
adjective, peakier, peakiest.
peaked2 .
Origin of peaky
1870-75; peak(ed)2 + -y1
Related forms
peakily, adverb
peakiness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The Norwegian Nis was like a strong-shouldered child, in a coat and peaky cap, who carried a pretty blue light at night.

    Brownies and Bogles Louise Imogen Guiney
  • He's a peaky little chap; it comes of being a poet, I think.

  • You're gittin' peaky ez a sick kitten, an' saller ez a punkin; you'll be down with fevers an' agers nex'.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • It is like liberty itself, after the peaky confinement of Sicily.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • She might be described as pretty, but "peaky" and "spindling."

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Why or wherefore I don't know, but these last days she has been as peaky as can be.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • I thought there was something wrong about you when you came in; you had a peaky, under-fed look.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Them peaky little clams a'most puts out all my shoulder-blades, and wunna bite through a twine of gristle.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • His peaky little beard, and the way he carried himself, as well as the quickness of his movements, told one that.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • "Your brother is gettin' to be the peaky one, nowadays," went on Mrs. Gates, with her placid frankness.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
British Dictionary definitions for peaky


adjective -kier, -kiest
wan, emaciated, or sickly
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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