Definition of peep show in English:

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peep show

Pronunciation: /ˈpēp ˌSHō/


1A sequence of pictures viewed through a lens or hole set into a box, traditionally offered as a public entertainment.
Example sentences
  • Queen Mary unearthed a peep show, an ingenious toy which pulled out in concertina fashion to a length of 30 feet, showing the coronation of King George IV in 1821.
  • They were like a tragic peep show, a fast-forward of innumerable slides to give a glimpse of realms unknown, and frail.
  • It's a peep show of sorts revealing a building in decay, its infrastructure on life support.
1.1An erotic or pornographic film or show viewed from a coin-operated booth.
Example sentences
  • As one user commented, ‘it's a bit like a peep show in a sex shop.’
  • In addition to strip clubs, peep shows, and massage parlors, a large number of prostitutes walked the streets.
  • The funny thing about this opera house is it's located at the end of a block filled with sex shops and peep shows.

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Syllabification: peep show

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