There are 2 definitions of peer in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪə
 
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verb

[no object, with adverbial]
  • 1Look with difficulty or concentration at someone or something: Faye peered at her with suspicion
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    squint, look closely/earnestly, try to see, look through narrowed eyes, narrow one's eyes, screw up one's eyes; peep, peek, pry, spy, look, gawp, gaze, stare, gape; scrutinize, survey, examine, view, eye, scan, observe, study, regard, contemplate
    informal snoop
    rare squinny
  • 1.1Be just visible: the towers peer over the roofs
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    • It is a site fit for a king, this hillside peering over the roofs of Berkeley toward an expanse of shimmering bay.
  • 1.2 [no object] archaic Come into view; appear: for yet a many of your horsemen peer

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps a variant of dialect pire or perhaps partly from a shortening of appear.

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There are 2 definitions of peer in English:

peer2

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Pronunciation: /pɪə
 
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noun

  • 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 Lords
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    aristocrat, lord, lady, peer of the realm, peeress, noble, nobleman, noblewoman, titled man/woman/person, patrician, member of the aristocracy/nobility/peerage
    British informal nob, rah, chinless wonder
  • 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

verb

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  • Make or become equal with: [no object]: the Thames could not peer with the mill-streamlet close to my home [with object]: of Homer it is said that none could ever peer him for poetry

Phrases

without peer

Unrivalled: he is a goalkeeper without peer
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French peer, from Latin par 'equal'.

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