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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For a Health Secretary he looked pale and peaky.
▪ Lesley-Jane looked strained and peaky and her performance was once again subdued.
▪ My familiar, peaky little face.
▪ So, we're feeling a bit peaky are we?
▪ You have a sit down, love, you look peaky to me.
▪ You look awfully peaky and you've hardly eaten a thing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Peaky \Peak"y\, a.

  1. Having a peak or peaks.

  2. Sickly; peaked. [Colloq.]


a. 1 sickly; peaked. 2 Characterised by peaks.


adj. having or as if having especially high-pitched spots; "absence of peaky highs and beefed-up bass" [syn: spiky]

Usage examples of "peaky".

I deduced that Peaky would see that we were all visiting and that therefore the fort would be undefended, and would take advantage of our absence to reconnoitre.

The same peaky nose, pointed chin, little thin ears set close to her head, fine hair--the Yankee school-marm.

Further south the Tihamah Mountains begin with the peaky Jebel el-Kurr, another remarkable block which has long been in sight.

You were cool enough when I went off, then you turn up peaky as a rabbit in a dog kennel, so something happened.

I say, I slunk about the house with so pale and peaky a face that my dear mother would have it that I had been at the green apples, and sent me to bed early with a dish of camomile tea for my supper.

It was a peaky eager face, with a great spirit looking out of it, and possibilities of passion both for good and evil in the keen, alert features.

He was an even smaller man than I had thought--frail and peaky, with a manner which was more nervous than it had been in the morning.