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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
peeping Tom
▪ Bobby peeped around the corner to see if anyone was coming.
▪ We peeped through a crack in the fence and saw Mrs Finley talking to a strange-looking man.
▪ But I knew I had to look, so slowly I peeped round the door.
▪ First they come to peep, then they play at racing cars.
▪ He peeped through the white ornamental ironwork of the gate.
▪ Suddenly, one of my own was featured in a magazine I had peeped at previously, strictly for prurient purposes.
▪ The effect is rather like peeping into some one's mind and glimpsing snatches of recalled images, thoughts and conversation.
▪ The question now was, did I want to peep at the issue in which my niece appears?
▪ Why don't you take a peep at him, just to put your mind at rest?
▪ However, I think I'd better take a peep at the excavations.
▪ He got a peep at her face before she slammed the door.
▪ Before he took off, he couldn't resist another quick peep under the wagon.
▪ Four weeks and not a peep out of me.
▪ Have a peep through the viewing glass.
▪ I had a peep at her last Sunday.
▪ Listen, you've had your peep inside the Ladies.
▪ Not a peep is emitted by the Arizona senator who loves to crow.
▪ The traders who spoke to us never uttered so much as a peep against them.
▪ Why are their forays to and above the leaf surface accompanied by squeaks and peeps?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Peep \Peep\, n.

  1. The cry of a young chicken; a chirp.

  2. First outlook or appearance.

    Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn.

  3. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place of concealment.

    To take t' other peep at the stars.

  4. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper ( Trigna minutilla).

    2. The European meadow pipit ( Anthus pratensis).

      Peep show, a small show, or object exhibited, which is viewed through an orifice or a magnifying glass.

      Peep-o'-day boys, the Irish insurgents of 1784; -- so called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at day break in search of arms. [Cant]


Peep \Peep\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peeped; p. pr. & vb. n. Peeping.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen, F. piper, p['e]pier, L. pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G. piepen. Senses 2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense from the sound which chickens make upon the first breaking of the shell to the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the influence of peek, or peak. Cf. Pipe.]

  1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep.

    There was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
    --Is. x. 14.

  2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.

    When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear.

  3. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry.

    eep through the blanket of the dark.

    From her cabined loophole peep.

    Peep sight, an adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole to peep through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other firearm near the breech.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"glance" (especially through a small opening), mid-15c., perhaps alteration of Middle English piken (see peek (v.)). Peeping Tom "a curious prying fellow" [Grose] is from 1796 (see Godiva).


"make a short chirp," c.1400, probably altered from pipen (mid-13c.), ultimately imitative (compare Latin pipare, French pepier, German piepen, Lithuanian pypti, Czech pipati, Greek pipos).


"short chirp," early 15c., from peep (v.2); meaning "slightest sound or utterance" (usually in a negative context) is attested from 1903. Meaning "young chicken" is from 1680s. The marshmallow peeps confection are said to date from 1950s.


1520s, first in sense found in peep of day, from peep (v.1); meaning "a furtive glance" is first recorded 1730.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird. 2 A feeble utterance or complaint. 3 The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill. 4 A kind of bird; a sandpiper. vb. 1 To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird. 2 To speak briefly with a quiet voice. Etymology 2

n. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one. vb. To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed. Etymology 3

n. (context obsolete English) A spot on a die or domino. Etymology 4

n. (context British slang English) person.

  1. n. the short weak cry of a young bird [syn: cheep]

  2. a secret look [syn: peek]

  1. v. look furtively; "He peeped at the woman through the window"

  2. cause to appear; "he peeped his head through the window"

  3. make high-pitched sounds; of birds [syn: twirp, cheep, chirp, chirrup]

  4. speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice

  5. appear as though from hiding; "the new moon peeped through the tree tops"

Peep (given name)

Peep is an Estonian masculine given name that may refer to:

  • Peep Jänes (born 1936), Estonian architect
  • Peep Lassmann (born 1948), Estonian pianist

Peep, Peeps, or PEEP may refer to:

  • Peep (album), by Rasmus
  • Peep (given name), Estonian masculine given name
  • Helend Peep (1910–2007), Estonian actor
  • Peeps, a type of candy
  • Peeps (novel), by Scott Westerfeld
  • Stint, a type of bird
  • Positive end-expiratory pressure, a measure of lung function
  • A character in the television series Peep and the Big Wide World
  • Hello everybody peeps a catchphrase from Harry Enfield's character Stavros
  • The group term for chickens, as in a "peep of chicken"
Peep (album)

Peep is the debut album by Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus (named just "Rasmus" back then), released on 23 September 1996 on Warner Music Finland.

They met their first manager and record producer, Teja Kotilainen in 1995 and signed with Warner Music Finland in February 1996. They released their first EP, called 1st, on Teja G. Records, in December 1995, which featured the songs "Frog", "Myself", "Funky Jam" and "Rakkauslaulu". The album was first released in Finland, where it went Gold, and later in Estonia and Russia, and subsequently worldwide.

Usage examples of "peep".

On this occasion it was unlocked, and Marian was about to rush forward in eager anticipation of a peep at its interior, when, child as she was, the reflection struck her that she would stand abetter chance of carrying her point by remaining perdue.

There are groups of women of every age, decked out in their smartest clothes, crowds of mousmes with aigrettes of flowers in their hair, or little silver topknots like Oyouki--pretty little physiognomies, little, narrow eyes peeping between their slits like those of new-born kittens, fat, pale, little cheeks, round, puffed-out, half-opened lips.

The moon hanging aslant against the blue peeped forth just in time to show him a flying figure which, even while he looked, reached the postern, opened it and slipped through.

Quentin peeped behind the trailing baldachin, expecting the King to emerge from behind it at any moment.

When he was coming into the bawn at dinner-time, what work did he find Jack at but pulling armfuls of the thatch off the roof, and peeping into the holes he was making?

Some cakes under a wire cover looked very nice, and just as Blinky was crawling along the shelf to try one, he caught sight of a tiny mouse peeping out of his hole.

At the end of about an hour he heard a rustling, peeped out quickly, and caught sight of Boule de Suif, looking more rotund than ever in a dressing-gown of blue cashmere trimmed with white lace.

Little Bo Peep bonnets on every single one of you bridesmaids, and make you carry a stinky live lamb.

I to see where the track led in a darkness only lifted slightly by a moon which occasionally peeped from behind the clouds, and I let my mind wander over the evening, trying to recapture that feeling that had been mine so recently and which I felt, with the greatest of sadness, to be ebbing slowly away.

A thousand beautiful ascidians and echinoderms of every joyous colour and fantastic shape peeped out from amid this herbage, which was alive with strange crustaceans and low forms of creeping life.

Manties and the Peeps were actively at war with one another, we managed to expand our enfluence and markets on the peripheries of their spheres.

The yadoya at Innai was a remarkably cheerful one, but my room was entirely fusuma and shoji, and people were peeping in the whole time.

From behind this facial gouache, created by wind and sun and salt spray, a little, suspicious, angry mind peeps out on the summer passengers.

I love the peeping of the Hyla in a pond in April, or the evening cry of the whippoorwill, better than all the bellowing of all the Bulls of Bashan, or all the turtles of all Palestine.

If he could pick off the CLACs, or even just hammer them badly enough to force them to withdraw into hyper, all the LACs the Peeps had committed to their probe would be doomed, whatever else happened.