peer

2 [peer]
verb (used without object)
1.
to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
2.
to peep out or appear slightly.
3.
to come into view.

Origin:
1585–95; perhaps aphetic variant of appear

peeringly, adverb


1. See peep1.
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peer1 (pɪə)
 
n
1.  a member of a nobility; nobleman
2.  See also life peer a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron
3.  a.  a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
 b.  (as modifier): peer pressure
4.  archaic a companion; mate
 
[C14 (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal]

peer2 (pɪə)
 
vb
1.  to look intently with or as if with difficulty: to peer into the distance
2.  to appear partially or dimly: the sun peered through the fog
 
[C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes]

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Word Origin & History

peer
c.1300, "an equal in civil standing or rank" (1215 in Anglo-L.), from Anglo-Fr. peir, O.Fr. per (10c.), from L. par "equal." Sense of "noble" (1382) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, like knights of the Round Table, originally so called because all were equal. Sociological sense
of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peerage first recorded 1454. Peer review is first recorded 1971.

peer
1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from E. Fris. piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by M.E. peren (late 14c.), aphetic form of aperen (see appear).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
PEER
  1. Performance Efficiency Evaluation Report

  2. Program for Extraordinary Experience Research

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Example sentences
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.
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