peep

peep

1 [peep]
verb (used without object)
1.
to look through a small opening or from a concealed location.
2.
to look slyly, pryingly, or furtively.
3.
to look curiously or playfully.
4.
to come partially into view; begin to appear: the first crocuses peeping through the snow-covered ground.
verb (used with object)
5.
to show or protrude slightly.
noun
6.
a quick or furtive look or glance.
7.
the first appearance, as of dawn.
8.
an aperture for looking through.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English pepe; assimilated variant of peek


1, 2. Peep, peek, peer mean to look through, over, or around something. To peep or peek is usually to give a quick look through a narrow aperture or small opening, often furtively, slyly, or pryingly, or to look over or around something curiously or playfully: to peep over a wall; to peek into a room. Peek is often associated with children's games. To peer is to look continuously and narrowly for some time, especially in order to penetrate obscurity or to overcome some obstacle in the way of vision: The firefighter peered through the smoke.
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peep

2 [peep]
noun
1.
a short, shrill little cry or sound, as of a young bird; cheep; squeak.
2.
any of various small sandpipers.
3.
a slight sound or remark, especially in complaint: I don't want to hear a peep out of any of you!
verb (used without object)
4.
to utter the short, shrill little cry of a young bird, a mouse, etc.; cheep; squeak.
5.
to speak in a thin, weak voice.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English pepen, pipen; compare Dutch, German piepen, Old French piper, Latin pipāre, Greek pippízein, Czech pípat, Lithuanian pỹpti, all ultimately of imitative orig.

peep

3 [peep]
noun

Origin:
1940–45, Americanism; apparently alteration of jeep

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peep1 (piːp)
 
vb
1.  to look furtively or secretly, as through a small aperture or from a hidden place
2.  to appear partially or briefly: the sun peeped through the clouds
 
n
3.  a quick or furtive look
4.  the first appearance: the peep of dawn
 
[C15: variant of peek]

peep2 (piːp)
 
vb
1.  (esp of young birds) to utter shrill small noises
2.  to speak in a thin shrill voice
 
n
3.  a peeping sound
4.  (US) any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris (or Erolia) and related genera, such as the pectoral sandpiper
 
[C15: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

peep
"glance" (esp. through a small opening), 1460, perhaps alteration of M.E. piken (see peek). The noun was first in sense found in peep of day (1530); meaning "a furtive glance" is first recorded 1730. Peep-hole is from 1681; peep-show is from 1851 (not typically salacious until
c.1914). Slang peeper "eye" is from c.1700. Peeping Tom "a curious prying fellow" is from 1796; connection with Lady Godiva story dates only from 1837.

peep
"make a short chirp," c.1400, probably altered from pipen (mid-13c.), ultimately imitative (cf. L. pipare, Fr. pepier, Ger. piepen, Lith. pypti, Czech pipati, Gk. pipos). The noun is attested from early 15c.; meaning "slightest sound or utterance" (usually in a negative context) is attested from 1903.
Peeper "tree frog" is first recorded 1857, Amer.Eng.
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Medical Dictionary

PEEP abbr.
positive end-expiratory pressure

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peep definition


  1. n.
    a noise; an utterance. : I don't want to hear another peep out of you.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
PEEP
positive end-expiratory pressure
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Idioms & Phrases

peep

see hear a peep out of.

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