- 1Look quickly, typically in a furtive manner: faces peeked from behind the curtainsMore example sentences
(have a) peep, have a peek, spy, take a sly/stealthy look, sneak a look/peek• informal take a gander
- Judy bit her lip, opened the door to the operating room just a crack, and quickly peeked inside.
- I wait for Diania to wake and dress, then I slip out of the storage facility and, still twitching, peek out into the room.
- She peeks under the wrapping quickly then sets it back.
- 1.1Protrude slightly so as to be just visible: his socks were so full of holes his toes peeked throughMore example sentences
appear (slowly/partly), show, come into view/sight, become visible, emerge, peep (out)
- The distant rays of the sun had just begun to peek slightly over the horizon.
- He noticed one of her toes peeking out of a shoe - covered with dust, just like his own bare toes.
- They did, and when I walked, the tips of the toes peeked out beneath the folds of silk.
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- A quick and typically furtive look: a peek through the window showed that the taxi had arrivedMore example sentences
- Every now and then he heard a mumble or something else that caused him to sneak a quick peek at her.
- He dared to sneak a quick peek at the judge and saw that there were tears in her eyes.
- It started to rain inside the classroom although (after a quick peek at the window) it was sunny outside.
late Middle English pike, pyke, of unknown origin.
The word meaning ‘look quickly or furtively’ and ‘a quick or furtive look’ is peek, not peak: the sun peeks out only intermittently ; a sneak peek at what’s in store . In some contexts, this error is very common: for example, almost a third of citations for the expression a sneak peek in the Oxford English Corpus are for the incorrect spelling ( a sneak peak ).