Definition of peek in English:


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Pronunciation: /piːk


[no object, with adverbial]


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  • A quick or furtive look: she sneaked a peek at the map
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    • 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.
    secret look, sly look, stealthy look, sneaky look, peep, glance, glimpse, brief/hurried/quick look, look, peer; Scottish keek
    informal gander, look-see, squint, eyeful
    British informal dekko
    butcher's, shufti


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.

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