2 [peer]
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.

1585–95; perhaps aphetic variant of appear

peeringly, adverb

1. See peep1. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
peer1 (pɪə)
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)
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

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.

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
  1. Performance Efficiency Evaluation Report

  2. Program for Extraordinary Experience Research

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Example sentences
Betty's bees are so laid back they didn't even seem to notice us peering in.
He is not a prophet in the sense of peering into a crystal ball.
She inspected us every day, scrutinizing our fingernails for dirt and peering
  in our ears for wax.
Peering into the truths of reality is of value and needs no further
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