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Dictionary Definition

peep

Noun

1 the short weak cry of a young bird [syn: cheep]
2 a secret look [syn: peek]

Verb

1 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"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /piːp/, /pi:p/

Etymology 1

Onomatopoeic, from pepen

Noun

  1. A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird.
  2. A feeble utterance or complaint.
    I don't want to hear a peep out of you!
  3. A kind of bird; a sandpiper.

Verb

  1. To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird.
  2. To speak briefly with a quiet voice.

Etymology 2

From pepen, variant of piken

Verb

  1. To look, while trying not to be seen or noticed.
    The man peeped through the small hole.

Noun

  1. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.

Etymology 3

Of uncertain origin

Noun

  1. A spot on a die or domino.

Extensive Definition

Peep or peeps may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bend the eyes, blink, bug, cackle, call, carol, case, cast, caw, chatter, cheep, chip, chipper, chirk, chirm, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, chuck, clack, cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo, complaint, coo, croak, cronk, crow, cuckoo, direct the eyes, drum, flash, gabble, gaggle, gander, glance, glimpse, gobble, grumble, guggle, half an eye, honk, hoo, hoot, look, look over, make a reconnaissance, meddle, murmur, nose, ogle, outcry, peek, peer, pip, pipe, play peekaboo, play the spy, protest, protestation, pry, put under surveillance, quack, quick sight, rapid glance, reconnoiter, roll, scold, scout, scout out, sing, slant, snoop, sound, spy, spy out, squawk, squeak, squiz, stake out, stare, take a peep, trill, tweedle, tweet, twit, twitter, warble, watch, whistle, wink
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