There are 2 definitions of peep in English:

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Pronunciation: /piːp
 
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verb

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  • 1Look quickly and furtively at something, especially through a narrow opening: his door was ajar and she couldn’t resist peeping in
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    look quickly, cast a brief look, take a secret look, spy, take a sly/stealthy look, sneak a look, peek, have a peek, glance, peer; Scottish keek
    informal take a gander, have a look-see, give someone/something a/the once-over, have a squint
    British informal have a dekko, have/take a butcher's, take a shufti
  • 1.1 (peep out) Come gradually or partially into view: the sun began to peep out
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    • 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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noun

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  • 1A quick or furtive look: Jonathan took a little peep at his watch
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    quick look, brief look, sly look, stealthy look, sneaky look, peek, glance, glimpse, look, peer; Scottish keek
    informal gander, look-see, squint, eyeful
    British informal dekko, butcher's, shufti
  • 1.1A momentary or partial view of something: black curls and a peep of gold earring

Origin

late 15th century: symbolic; compare with peek.

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There are 2 definitions of peep in English:

peep2

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Pronunciation: /piːp
 
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noun

  • 2North American informal A small sandpiper or similar wading bird: the peeps have returned to Fundy
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    • 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.

verb

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  • Make a brief, high-pitched sound: Don peeped on his whistle
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    • Outside their window, an insect's timid squeak peeped sporadically into the night, like a half-rusty hinge.
    • When you leap up every time he or she peeps, you're disturbing his or her sleep, the sleep folks say.
    • It was hard work but I had a lot of public support with drivers peeping and the support from the firefighters has been fantastic.
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Origin

late Middle English: imitative; compare with cheep.

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