- 1Look quickly and furtively at something, especially through a narrow opening: the door was ajar and she couldn’t resist peeping inMore example sentences
look quickly, cast a brief look, take a secret look, sneak a look, (have a) peek, glance• informal take a gander
- We peeped through the window of an old-fashioned apothecary.
- Scarlet ran over to inspect as did Griffith and they peeped through to see Lane on the phone with someone.
- She locked the bullet into the barrel, peeped through the scope, aimed, and instantaneously pulled the trigger, expelling the bullet into the air.
- 1.1 (peep out) Be just visible; appear slowly or partly or through a small opening: a wad of money that was peeping out of his pocket the sun began to peep outMore example sentences
- Spring in Connecticut brings rain and daffodils and tulips begin to peep out from piles of dirty snow.
- His eyes traced over me, taking in my disheveled hair and my toes, which were peeping out from underneath my dress.
- I regarded my toes as they peeped out of the water while I floated on my back.
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- 1A quick or furtive look: Jonathan took a peep at his watchMore example sentences
- A quick peep at my watch told me that the time was 6.30 a.m. and across in the other bed, just visible through the mosquito nets, J.R. was still sleeping soundly.
- The bigger kids said it was haunted so it was obviously too much of a temptation for any 10 year old not to take a quick peep through the window.
- New chaps would have a quick peep over the top, just for a moment - but only if they didn't know anything.
late 15th century: symbolic; compare with peek.
- 1A high-pitched feeble sound made by a young bird or mammal.More example sentences
- It starts off with three or four high-pitched peeps in rather quick succession; then the bird launches into a raspy, guttural shriek; and then the bird whistles a few warbling notes as a coda.
- New moms and dads everywhere respond to shrill baby peeps with excited nods and bows, carefully clearing away eggshell shards from around fragile hatchlings tucked between their feet.
- He listened to the raucous calls of the bigger birds, the peeps and chucks of the smaller birds.
- 1.1 [with negative] A slight sound, utterance, or complaint: not a peep out of them since shortly after eightMore example sentences
- Especially since we never hear a peep of complaint about the millions of dollars of research funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
- We didn't hear another peep from them all week.
- And, I don't want to hear one peep from you about it either.
- 1.2 (usually peeps) North American • informal A small sandpiper or similar wading bird.More example sentences
- In the natural world, peeps are sandpipers, pure and simple.
- For the peeps and plovers dancing in the surf, we had no time at all.
- The Semipalmated Sandpiper is a small shorebird in the group known as peeps or stints.
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- Make a cheeping or beeping sound.More example sentences
- He jumped all over her shoulders and her head and sailed around her in circles, squawking and peeping his joy.
- There will come a day three months from now when the sun is shining, the birds peep delight, the air smells rich and green, and I'll sigh in delight: again, again, at last.
- Quicker than a blink, she stuffs it into her claw, peeps once or twice, then picks it up again and eats a bit more, scraping delicately against the branch to push it into her mouth.
late Middle English: imitative; compare with cheep.