verb[no object, with adverbial]
- 1Look with difficulty or concentration at someone or something: Faye peered at her with suspicionMore example sentences
- His face, laced with concentration, peered intently into two laptop screens that encompassed the majority of his minimal setup.
- Heaving herself up with some difficulty, she peered over the edge and let out a sigh of relief.
- I frown and hunch over the wheel, peering forward, concentrating furiously and determined not to make another mistake.
- 1.1Be just visible: the towers peer over the roofsMore example sentences
- It is a site fit for a king, this hillside peering over the roofs of Berkeley toward an expanse of shimmering bay.
late 16th century: perhaps a variant of dialect pire or perhaps partly from a shortening of appear.
- 1A member of the nobility in Britain or Ireland, comprising the ranks of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron: hereditary peers could still dominate the proceedings of the House of LordsMore example sentences
- Six members are hereditary peers: the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Wemyss, the Earl of Elgin, the Earl of Airlie, the Viscount of Arbuthnott, and the Earl of Crawford.
- Even disaffected peers like the Duke of Buckingham and the Earl of Shaftesbury used this chamber to voice much of their dissatisfaction.
- From 1761 to 1786 he was a Scottish representative peer and was then created a British peer as Baron Douglas.
In the British peerage, earldoms and baronies were the earliest to be conferred; dukes were created from 1337, marquesses from the end of the 14th century, and viscounts from 1440. Such peerages are hereditary, although since 1958 there have also been non-hereditary life peerages. All peers were entitled to a seat in the House of Lords until 1999, when their number was restricted to 92 as an interim reform measure
- 2A person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person: he has incurred much criticism from his academic peersMore example sentences
- College students were chosen for the workshop as they were considered to have the ability to influence their peers.
- This phrase means to reduce someone's status among their peers.
- Discussion with teachers and peers improves cognitive ability.
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- Unrivalled: he is a goalkeeper without peerMore example sentences
- As an institutional history, it stands without peer; it gives us a much needed contemporary history of an extraordinary place.
- It stands without peer in the public arena as the most authoritative record of one of the nation's most trying experiences.
- He gave up drinking a while ago, but he remains, quite simply and without peer, the worst driver of all time, constantly alternating between sudden acceleration and braking.
Middle English: from Old French peer, from Latin par 'equal'.