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peep1

[peep] /pip/
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 of peep1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English pepe; assimilated variant of peek
Synonyms
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.

peep2

[peep] /pip/
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.

peep3

[peep] /pip/
noun
1.
Jeep.
Origin
1940-45, Americanism; apparently alteration of jeep
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Examples from the Web for peeps
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  • She gave two or three peeps through the slats, to make Jack crow, and then away she went to find Gill.

    The Old Market-Cart Mrs. F. B. Smith
  • We perforce took our peeps at nature from behind the barriers.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Another is running to a place of concealment, while a third peeps from behind the door.

  • At last he goes to th' kettle, and lifts up the lid, and peeps in.

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • I'll always be like a little beggar girl that peeps through the fence into a beautiful garden.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
  • But this one peeps as if he was hurt; see how he pecks to get in.

  • He peeps out and the sun peeps in, blinding his old eyes and cheering his old heart.

    Little Wolf M. A. Cornelius
  • You know it, Prudy, how it peeps out from a tangle of little tendrils?

    Aunt Madge's Story Sophie May
  • There is a door and one window in front, besides another little window that peeps out among the thatch.

    Our Old Home, Vol. 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for peeps

peep1

/piːp/
verb (intransitive)
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
noun
3.
a quick or furtive look
4.
the first appearance: the peep of dawn
Word Origin
C15: variant of peek

peep2

/piːp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(esp of young birds) to utter shrill small noises
2.
to speak in a thin shrill voice
noun
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
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for peeps

peep

v.

"glance" (especially through a small opening), mid-15c., perhaps alteration of Middle English piken (see peek (v.)). Peeping Tom "a curious prying fellow" [Grose] is from 1796; connection with Lady Godiva story dates only from 1837.

"make a short chirp," c.1400, probably altered from pipen (mid-13c.), ultimately imitative (cf. Latin pipare, French pepier, German piepen, Lithuanian pypti, Czech pipati, Greek pipos).

n.

1520s, first in sense found in peep of day, from peep (v.1); meaning "a furtive glance" is first recorded 1730.

"short chirp," early 15c., from peep (v.2); meaning "slightest sound or utterance" (usually in a negative context) is attested from 1903. Meaning "young chicken" is from 1680s. The marshmallow peeps confection are said to date from 1950s.

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peeps in Medicine

PEEP abbr.
positive end-expiratory pressure

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Slang definitions & phrases for peeps

peep

noun

  1. A word; the slightest sound: If I hear a peep out of you, you've had it (1903+)
  2. People •Often plural
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Related Abbreviations for peeps

PEEP

positive end-expiratory pressure
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Idioms and Phrases with peeps

peep

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