Definition of peekaboo in English:


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


[mass noun]
  • A game played with a young child, which involves hiding and suddenly reappearing, saying ‘peekaboo’.
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    • 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.


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  • 1(Of a garment) made of transparent fabric or having a pattern of small holes: a black lace peekaboo dress
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


late 16th century: from peek + boo1.

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