One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Peep surreptitiously.‘he keeked through the window’
peep, have a peep, have a peek, take a secret look, spy, take a sly look, take a stealthy look, sneak a look, glance, cast a brief look, look hurriedly, look, peerView synonyms
- ‘A quick glance around revealed a half-dozen other kids concealed in doorways, keeking out from behind walls, or half - hidden behind trees.’
- ‘Please keek in on us from time to time.’
- ‘He'll glower at the fire and he'll keek at the light!’
- ‘She doesn't like playing piano and hates being keeked by Nobita Nobi when she was washing.’
- ‘When books were read round class, and you got the belt if you got carried away and keeked at the next page before you were allowed to.’
- ‘It took Liam some time to answer the door. I keeked round the back to see him emerge through what I thought was a field of bamboo.’
- ‘After slapping Harry on the ear, I keeked out of the flap expecting to see a furious young girl in the truck's wake, but only spotted a calf looking over a hedge.’
A surreptitious glance.
quick look, brief look, sly look, stealthy look, sneaky look, peek, glance, glimpse, look, peerView synonyms
- ‘They vanish like dreams at morn's first keek.’
- ‘It's an odd story, a keek through the keyhole at the inner workings of how to stay famous, but it also serves to illustrate just how far the writer has come.’
- ‘John Knox might not approve (though he would probably have a keek through the curtain); the two Roberts, Burns and Fergusson, certainly would.’
- ‘I will take a keek at anything I like now.’
Late Middle English: perhaps related to Dutch kijken ‘have a look’.
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