Definition of peekaboo in English:

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peekaboo

Pronunciation: /piːkəˈbuː/
(also peek-a-boo)

noun

[mass noun]
A game played with a young child, which involves hiding and suddenly reappearing, saying ‘peekaboo’.
Example sentences
  • I would stay up late at night watching movies with the 5th graders, chase around the toddlers, and play peekaboo with the infants.
  • Is there anything better than playing peekaboo with a baby?
  • Laughing and playing peekaboo on the settee with his mother, Sidney pretends to be shy but then turns on a radiant smile for the camera.

adjective

[attributive]
1(Of a garment) made of transparent fabric or having a pattern of small holes: a black lace peekaboo dress
More example sentences
  • For a casual night out for the society girl-on-the-go, his red mohair plaid strapless dress with peek-a-boo velvet bow and mini pouf hem detailing of pleated lace and tulle sets the right tone for the evening.
  • He tapped his nose and said, ‘Look after him’ to the grey girl with peek-a-boo underwear.
  • Fragonard's famously teasy painting of The Swing is re-created with the addition of a tribal peekaboo dress.
1.1(Of a hairstyle) concealing one eye with a fringe or wave.
Example sentences
  • Many Cancers love peek-a-boo hairstyles that flow and move like a silken drape of hair.
  • The short peekaboo has softened her look, but you wonder how it was ever perceived as hard in the first place.

Origin

Late 16th century: from peek + boo1.

Words that rhyme with peekaboo

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