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[peer] /pɪər/
verb (used without object)
to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
to peep out or appear slightly.
to come into view.
Origin of peer2
1585-95; perhaps aphetic variant of appear
Related forms
peeringly, adverb
1. See peep1 . Unabridged
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  • Bank bosses peered enviously at the profits and risk-taking prowess of the venerable investment bank.
  • Astronomers have peered billions of years back in time to make detailed maps of the early cosmos.
  • Spectators shared in the risk: at many motordromes, they peered down from the lip of the track, in harm's way.
  • If you ever peered closely at a drop of water, you'll know that it can produce a tiny version of the world beyond.
  • The sixth graders peered into a computer screen showing four cartoon couples dancing under floating balloons.
  • Researchers peered through windows and into back gardens in search of clues.
  • Finally, after weeks of careful digging, the scientists peered through the ancient dust.
  • On the second floor, the agents peered at closed-circuit cameras and eavesdropped through microphones planted in the building.
  • Regulators also peered into managers' murky fee structures and their often cosy dealings with brokers who peddle their funds.
  • Bright eyes peered at me through a lattice of ferns.
British Dictionary definitions for peered


a member of a nobility; nobleman
a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron See also life peer
  1. a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
  2. (as modifier): peer pressure
(archaic) a companion; mate
Word Origin
C14 (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal


verb (intransitive)
to look intently with or as if with difficulty: to peer into the distance
to appear partially or dimly: the sun peered through the fog
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes
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Word Origin and History for peered



c.1300, "an equal in rank or status" (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French peir, Old French per (10c.), from Latin par "equal" (see par (n.)). Sense of "a noble" (late 14c.) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, who, like the Arthurian knights of the Round Table, originally were so called because all were equal. Sociological sense of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peer review attested by 1970. Peer pressure is first recorded 1971.


"to look closely," 1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from East Frisian piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by Middle English peren (late 14c.), shortened form of aperen (see appear). Related: Peered; peering.

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Related Abbreviations for peered


  1. Performance Efficiency Evaluation Report
  2. Program for Extraordinary Experience Research
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