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[peek] /pik/
verb (used without object)
to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location; peep; peer.
a quick or furtive look or glance; peep.
Origin of peek
1325-75; Middle English piken (v.); perhaps dissimilated variant of kiken to keek
Can be confused
peak, peek, pique, piqué.
1. See peep1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peeked
  • Should he have had more discretion, he could at a minimum have peeked at scores over the web.
  • Various articles of their wardrobe were peeked around the sides and corners, or under the roof.
  • Modest, modern holiday houses peeked through stands of scrubby trees.
  • The second, on the hotel's thirtieth floor he peeked from the balcony and knew falling.
  • Her upper lip pressed secretively against her lower one, and a red bodice peeked out from underneath a green dress.
  • Amid a pile of bills and past-due notices, a yellow telegram peeked out: please call me at your earliest convenience regards.
  • Both faces peeked out from the wreckage of the privacy imbroglio that wracked the social-networking site this week.
  • Only its red-white-and-blue tail peeked out from beneath the covering.
  • Church steeples peeked out through a canopy of trees.
  • The sun even peeked through the pollution for about four and a half seconds.
British Dictionary definitions for peeked


(intransitive) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
a quick or furtive glance
Word Origin
C14 pike, related to Middle Dutch kiken to peek
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Word Origin and History for peeked



late 14c., piken "look quickly and slyly," of unknown origin. The words peek, keek, and peep all were used with more or less the same meaning 14c.-15c.; perhaps the ultimate source was Middle Dutch kieken. Related: Peeked; peeking.


"a peek, glance," 1844, from peek (v.).

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