Main definitions of peep in English

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peep1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Look quickly and furtively at something, especially through a narrow opening.

    ‘the door was ajar and she couldn't resist peeping in’
    • ‘We peeped through the window of an old-fashioned apothecary.’
    • ‘She peeped through the holes in the rock at the hundreds of wolves sitting and slouching or lying against the trees, looking at the rocks.’
    • ‘William peeped through the curtained window into the dimly lit smoked filled room.’
    • ‘Despite his obvious contempt for anything celestial, I continued to peep discreetly into the astrology columns of newspapers and magazines.’
    • ‘She locked the bullet into the barrel, peeped through the scope, aimed, and instantaneously pulled the trigger, expelling the bullet into the air.’
    • ‘Scarlet ran over to inspect as did Griffith and they peeped through to see Lane on the phone with someone.’
    • ‘I drew back, and with Zev crouching behind me, peeped through the hole I had made.’
    • ‘Trembling, she peeped through her laced fingers at her stereo.’
    • ‘There was a knock at the door so I got up and trudged to the door bitterly and peeped through the small windows.’
    • ‘Arin peeped through his fingers and then stood up with his jaw almost scraping his knees.’
    • ‘He walked slowly toward the door, peeped through an enlarged crack in the hinge side, and stepped back, startled.’
    • ‘‘Don't worry, we'll think of something’ George said vaguely as he peeped through the curtains.’
    • ‘He walked across to the next room, delicately opened the door and peeped through.’
    • ‘I too peeped through out of curiosity and found a young house wife crying in front of a policeman.’
    • ‘I licked my lips and peeped through the hole, I couldn't help but giggle.’
    • ‘A head peeped through the small gap and greeted Julia with a booming voice.’
    • ‘I peeped through the slits at the top of the door.’
    • ‘I slipped into the house and into my room so as not to spoil their party, though I couldn't resist peeping through the blinds.’
    • ‘Teenage girls were spotted around the village peeping through windows of some of the biggest homes, desperately hoping for a glance of Gareth.’
    • ‘She peeped through the curtains at the two sleeping boys and ended up staring at them for a couple of minutes.’
    look quickly, cast a brief look, take a secret look, spy, take a sly look, take a stealthy look, sneak a look, peek, have a peek, glance, peer
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    1. 1.1Be just visible; appear slowly or partly or through a small opening.
      ‘a wad of money that was peeping out of his pocket’
      ‘the sun began to peep out’
      • ‘Grey pearl cuff links peeped out from beneath his jacket sleeves.’
      • ‘Anyway, on this occasion a different leaflet was peeping out of the box.’
      • ‘Caroline could see that her toes peeped out from under the hem of her everyday gown.’
      • ‘And if at all the sun occasionally peeps out of the clouds, there will be large screens to provide shade to the plants.’
      • ‘We first noticed a beak peeping out from behind one of the beams and before we knew it the bird had tried to fly from the nest.’
      • ‘She saw the feeble rays of the sun barely peeping out into the sky.’
      • ‘The sun peeped out from the clouds and sparkled on the water.’
      • ‘His eyes traced over me, taking in my disheveled hair and my toes, which were peeping out from underneath my dress.’
      • ‘Spring in Connecticut brings rain and daffodils and tulips begin to peep out from piles of dirty snow.’
      • ‘I regarded my toes as they peeped out of the water while I floated on my back.’

noun

  • 1[usually in singular] A quick or furtive look.

    ‘Jonathan took a peep at his watch’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It offers a peep at the richness of the traditional gold jewellery of the State, which is also noted for its purity, creativity and craftsmanship.’
    • ‘As he ripped at his shirt, he risked one quick peep through the car windows.’
    • ‘At midnight, street people drift to a Chinese temple seeking a peep into the future.’
    • ‘A look at these beautiful products gives one an impressive peep into the artistic abilities of the strife-torn region.’
    • ‘New chaps would have a quick peep over the top, just for a moment - but only if they didn't know anything.’
    • ‘She actually couldn't pass the door without a quick peep inside.’
    • ‘A glimpse of the rural lifestyle and a peep into the culture of various ethnic groups.’
    quick look, brief look, sly look, stealthy look, sneaky look, peek, glance, glimpse, look, peer
    keek
    gander, look-see, squint, eyeful
    dekko, butcher's, shufti
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    1. 1.1A momentary or partial view of something.
      ‘black curls and a peep of gold earring’

Origin

Late 15th century: symbolic; compare with peek.

Pronunciation:

peep

/pēp/

Main definitions of peep in English

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peep2

noun

  • 1A high-pitched feeble sound made by a young bird or mammal.

    • ‘He listened to the raucous calls of the bigger birds, the peeps and chucks of the smaller birds.’
    • ‘I heard small chirps and peeps almost as soon as I stepped to the marsh's edge, but it required my vigilance to finally see what I'd been hearing - a Downy Woodpecker.’
    • ‘First, it announces its presence at the far side of the pool with its distinctive, high-pitched ‘chirp’ call, which is more like a squawk than a peep.’
    • ‘He let me know I'd woken him up with a little chirp, then once I'd settled down, he emitted another kitty peep.’
    • ‘The little animal glanced back up at her but soon returned to its apple with a flippant peep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The call of glass frogs is a high peep (rather like that of fine crystal) or whistle.’
    • ‘The parakeet flew up and landed on her shoulder with another peep, his little sounds were words that Nichol alone understood.’
    • ‘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.’
    cheep, chirp, chirrup, tweet, twitter, chirr, pipe, piping, warble, squeak, chatter
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    1. 1.1[with negative]A slight sound, utterance, or complaint.
      ‘not a peep out of them since shortly after eight’
      • ‘I really just didn't want to hear another peep coming out of her mouth.’
      • ‘The little girl was happily babbling and taking in her new surroundings with awe and she hadn't made a single fussy peep.’
      • ‘I tried ignoring the painful feeling and concentrated on not making a peep of sound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was amazing, because there was not one peep from our closest geographical member of Parliament from the National Party.’
      • ‘This was accepted with hardly a peep of protest from both the British and the American public.’
      • ‘Look I can't promise not to say another peep about that boy you were with.’
      • ‘But they are doing this without a peep of protest from the fired-up grassroots activists who have taken over the Kansas Republican Party.’
      • ‘Vast swathes of ideological ground have been abandoned without a peep of protest from the grassroots nor a hint of rebellion or division.’
      • ‘And, I don't want to hear one peep from you about it either.’
      • ‘On the one hand, we are led to believe that the girl is utterly self-reliant and unafraid; on the other, she slips into prostitution without a peep of protest.’
      • ‘We didn't hear another peep from them all week.’
      • ‘When Hilmer hobbled the paper's budget, not a peep of protest from you.’
      • ‘But even more than this: not one peep of what I have told you about the sinister intentions of the church state would ever have been made public.’
      • ‘But he offered not a peep of protest or criticism.’
      • ‘The press politely looked the other way, never uttering a peep.’
    2. 1.2North American informal A small sandpiper or similar wading bird.
      • ‘The Semipalmated Sandpiper is a small shorebird in the group known as peeps or stints.’
      • ‘In the natural world, peeps are sandpipers, pure and simple.’
      • ‘There were peeps, probably some types of stints, larger redshank sized birds and some Tringa species.’
      • ‘For the peeps and plovers dancing in the surf, we had no time at all.’
      • ‘Its yellow legs distinguish it from the other two Washington peeps, Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers, which have black legs.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Make a cheeping or beeping sound.

    • ‘He jumped all over her shoulders and her head and sailed around her in circles, squawking and peeping his joy.’
    • ‘There will come a day three months from now when the sun is shining, the birds peep delight, the air smells rich and green, and I'll sigh in delight: again, again, at last.’
    • ‘Quicker than a blink, she stuffs it into her claw, peeps once or twice, then picks it up again and eats a bit more, scraping delicately against the branch to push it into her mouth.’
    cheep, chirp, chirrup, tweet, twitter, chirr, squeak
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Origin

Late Middle English: imitative; compare with cheep.

Pronunciation:

peep

/pēp/