peek

Definitions

  • Girl running to mother with Punch peeking in the door
    Girl running to mother with Punch peeking in the door
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v peek throw a glance at; take a brief look at "She only glanced at the paper","I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"
    • n peek a secret look
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Carlsbad, New Mexico, it's legal for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work, as long as the car or van has drawn curtains to stop strangers from peeking in.
    • v. i Peek pēk To look surreptitiously, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A recent Gallup survey showed that in the United States 8 percent of kissers kept their eyes open, but more than 20 percent confessed to an occasional peek. Forty-one percent said they experienced their first serious smooch when they were age thirteen, fourteen, or fifteen; 36 percent between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. The most memorable kiss in a motion picture was in "Gone With The Wind" according to 25 percent of those polled.
    • n peek An obsolete or nautical spelling of peak.
    • peek To peep; look pryingly.
    • n peek A woodpecker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Peek pēk to peep
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. piken,: cf. F. piquer, to pierce, prick, E. pique,. Cf. Peak

Usage

In literature:

Very cautiously she crept up the incline and took a peek at the situation.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
No wonder you're s' peeked, child.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
You can't resurrect the past or peek into the unborn future.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
I don't suppose there's a corner on the globe he hasn't had a peek at.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Stars are just faint specks of light that peek through the city haze at night.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
Pattie Batch peeked in at the window.
"Christmas Eve at Swamp's End" by Norman Duncan
Oh, if she could only get one little peek at him!
"Lucile Triumphant" by Elizabeth M. Duffield
I can see that yellow man peeking.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
See, there he is, peeking at you from behind the what-not.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
I peeked in through the windows.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

Zekle crep' up quite unbeknown
An' peeked in thru' the winder,
An' there sot Huldy all alone,
'Ith no one nigh to hender.
"The Courtin'" by James Russell Lowell
Zekle crep' up, quite unbeknown,
An' peeked in thru the winder,
An' there sot Huldy all alone,
'ith no one nigh to hender.
"High-Worthy Mister!" by James Russell Lowell
I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.
A girl gets sick of a rose.
"a song in the front yard" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
Our Stepmother! Yes, it was her,
Her arms around us all--
'Cause Tom slid down the bannister
And peeked in from the hall.--
And we all love her, too, because
She's purt nigh good as Mother was!
"The Stepmother" by James Whitcomb Riley
And dollies peep out of those wee little dreams
With laughter and singing;
And boats go a-floating on silvery streams,
And the stars peek-a-boo with their own misty gleams,
And up, up, and up, where the Mother Moon beams,
The fairies go winging!
"The Rock-A-By Lady" by Eugene Field

In news:

A new season of "Top Chef" premieres tonight on Bravo — and you can check out a sneak peek of the episode's first 10 minutes, then join me here for live coverage and commentary during the full broadcast at 10 p.m.
DALLAS-Want a peek at the nation's psyche.
Sneak peek inside Apple's bag.
Here's a peek at what you can do with just a few hours in Grand Cayman, San Juan, London, Oahu, or Aruba.
The 8 PM evening will offer a sneak peek of the new comedy by playwright-actor-director Michael Gene Sullivan.
On Nov 5, the 41-year-old actor tweeted a revealing sneak peek from the set of his new movie, Orion.
Rap phenoms share a sneak peek from their forthcoming sketch comedy bonanza.
This Week We Peek Into Young Louis' Deep Bag of Tricks.
'The Best of the St Louis Luminary ' newspaper gives a peek into the LDS Church in Missouri.
A sneak peek of 70mm 'Master' argues for more.
Gay Lyons' People & Parties: Leadership Knoxville offers sneak peeks 'Behind the Scenes'.
The manuscript cookbooks of Mary Martha Godwin and her daughter, Nannie Figgat, give us a peek inside the household of a 19th-century Fincastle family.
Everyone except the novice, who's peeking at Mexico.
The panda cub at the San Diego Zoo is starting to take a peek at the great, big world around him.
Take A Peek Inside Luxury Home.
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In science:

The TPC has the shape of a parallelepiped inscribed in a cylinder delimited by the field shaping rings, sustained by four cylindrical bars made of stainless-steel and PEEK, fixed to the closing flange (figure 7).
A prototype liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber for the study of UV laser multi-photonic ionization
PEEK is an organic polymer that has been chosen for its good thermo-mechanical properties at the temperature of liquid Argon.
A prototype liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber for the study of UV laser multi-photonic ionization
Apart from auxiliary fields that are computed by applying differential operators to more fundamental fields, and hence ‘peek’ the physics in the neighborhood of a given site, there also are fields which are being obtained directly from information given at the site in question: These fields are usually called ‘algebraic’.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
The collection is represented by the peek component of type β → α.
Functor is to Lens as Applicative is to Biplate: Introducing Multiplate
Reprinted with permission from (Peek et al. 2011).
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
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