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Pronunciation: /piːp
 
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verb

[no object]
1Look quickly and furtively at something, especially through a narrow opening: his door was ajar and she couldn’t resist peeping in
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

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.

Words that rhyme with peep

asleep, beep, bleep, cheap, cheep, creep, deep, heap, Jeep, keep, leap, neap, neep, reap, seep, sheep, skin-deep, sleep, steep, Streep, sweep, veep, weep

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Pronunciation: /piːp
 
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noun

1A feeble, high-pitched sound made by a young bird or mammal.
Example sentences
  • It starts off with three or four high-pitched peeps in rather quick succession; then the bird launches into a raspy, guttural shriek; and then the bird whistles a few warbling notes as a coda.
  • New moms and dads everywhere respond to shrill baby peeps with excited nods and bows, carefully clearing away eggshell shards from around fragile hatchlings tucked between their feet.
  • He listened to the raucous calls of the bigger birds, the peeps and chucks of the smaller birds.
Synonyms
cheep, chirp, chirrup, tweet, twitter, chirr, pipe, piping, warble, squeak, chatter
1.1 [with negative] A slight sound, utterance, or complaint: not a peep out of them since shortly after eight
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  • Especially since we never hear a peep of complaint about the millions of dollars of research funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • We didn't hear another peep from them all week.
  • And, I don't want to hear one peep from you about it either.
Synonyms
sound, noise, cry, utterance, word
informal cheep
complaint, grumble, moan, mutter, murmur, grouse, objection, protest, protestation, outcry, demur, argument, remonstrance, remonstration, exception, grievance, cavil, quibble, word, sound
informal niggle, gripe, grouch, beef
1.2A brief, high-pitched electronic sound: the phone gives three sharp peeps
More example sentences
  • The electronic peep of the alarm pierces my wandering dreams like a knife.
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: imitative; compare with cheep.

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