• A Peep at Northern Italy
    A Peep at Northern Italy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v peep appear as though from hiding "the new moon peeped through the tree tops"
    • v peep speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
    • v peep make high-pitched sounds "the birds were chirping in the bushes"
    • v peep cause to appear "he peeped his head through the window"
    • v peep look furtively "He peeped at the woman through the window"
    • n peep a secret look
    • n peep the short weak cry of a young bird
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bo-Peep music Bo-Peep music
N nodded at it. O opened it. P peeped at it N nodded at it. O opened it. P peeped at it
Immense serpents were peeping out of holes on every side Immense serpents were peeping out of holes on every side
Bo-Peep looking for sheep Bo-Peep looking for sheep
Music: Bo-Peep Music: Bo-Peep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the Easter season, 600 million Marshmallow Peeps are bought my Americans. The Marshmallow Peep is the most popular Easter candy besides chocolate
    • Peep A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place of concealment. "To take t' other peep at the stars."
    • Peep (Zoöl) Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper (Trigna minutilla).
    • Peep First outlook or appearance. "Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn."
    • Peep The cry of a young chicken; a chirp.
    • Peep (Zoöl) The European meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis).
    • Peep To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance; as, the sun peeped over the eastern hills. "When flowers first peeped , and trees did blossoms bear."
    • Peep 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 ."
    • Peep To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry. "Peep through the blanket of the dark.""From her cabined loophole peep ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep. Now it takes only six minutes
    • peep To chirp, cheep, or pipe; utter a shrill thin sound, as a young chick.
    • peep To speak in a piping or chirping tone.
    • peep To speak.
    • n peep The cry of a young chick or other little bird.
    • n peep A sandpiper; a sandpeep. Several small United States species are commonly so called from their cry, as the least and semipalmated sandpipers, Actodromas minutilla and Ereunetes pusillus.
    • peep To have the appearance of looking out or issuing from a narrow aperture or from a state of concealment; come partially into view; begin to appear.
    • peep To look (out or in) pryingly, slyly, or furtively, as through a crevice or small aperture; look narrowly, slyly, or pryingly; take a sly or furtive look; peer; peek.
    • peep To let appear; show.
    • n peep A sly or furtive look through or as if through a crevice; a hurried or partial view; a glimpse; hence, the first looking out of light from the eastern horizon.
    • n peep A crevice or aperture; a slit or opening affording only a narrow or limited view.
    • n peep Specifically The slit in the leaf of a rifle-sight.
    • n peep A pip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Under the law of Mississippi, there’s no such thing as a female Peeping Tom.
    • v.i Peep pēp to chirp, or cry as a chicken
    • n Peep the cry of a young chicken
    • v.i Peep pēp to look through a narrow opening: to look out from concealment: to look slyly or cautiously: to begin to appear
    • n Peep a sly look: a beginning to appear, a glimpse: a narrow view, a slit
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  • Arthur Koestler
    “Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.”


Peeping Tom - A peeping Tom is someone who tries to look through other people's windows without being seen in order to spy on people in their homes.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen, F. piper, pépier, 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


In literature:

I returned upstairs, and on my way peeped into this room and that out of curiosity.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
That gentleman, as he passed another door which stood half open, could not resist a friendly impulse to peep in.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
Green daffodil buds peeped through a covering of snow, and the yellow jessamine blossom fell sodden in the rain.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Suddenly the bushes on her left moved, and a man, pushing them aside, peeped from among them.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
What Hunky Ben saw on looking through his peep-hole filled him with surprise and pity, and compelled him to modify his plans.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
From her remote corner Zoe Oppner peeped at him, and her laughter ceased.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
A snow-bird peeped a "good-morning" to its mate in the Rectory eaves.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Then he drew near and peeped.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
As the sun peeped above the mountains close by to the east a large plain disclosed itself before the observer.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Irene's exceedingly bright face peeped up above the clothes.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

Rend your wild hair, you elfin things,
That peep from bush and tree;
I know what strangling arms you reach
Athwart the dusk to me.
"The Enchanted Forest" by Cicely Fox Smith
I know each spot where violets peep,
I bless them in their growing;
But O their breath is sweet to keep,
When summer winds are blowing.
"A Voice Is In The Wind To-Day" by Alexander Anderson
From the grass at my feet are peeping
The sweet forget-me-nots,
Their azure heads are hanging
With the dews of their own pure thoughts.
"The Shadow Of The Past" by Alexander Anderson
So, peeping timid from the ground,
She clasped the ancient rock around,
And climbing up with childish grace,
She held him with a close embrace.
"Truth" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
There not a tell-tale beam shall peep
Upon thy beauty's rich display,—
There not a breeze shall dare to sweep
The leaves, to whisper what we say.
"A Song I" by Sir John Carr
Then, with a look that ne'er deceives,
She turn'd, but found her courage fled;
And scolding sparrows from the eaves
Peep'd forth upon the stranger's head.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

My plan, I'm happy to say, is to kick back, peep some fresh tracks, and call it a week.
Posh Peeps Profess Passion For Bad TV.
Don't pronounce the "T" so much peeps.
Peeping Tom linked to sexual assault in Towson.
A peep at our fair city's filthy-gorgeous history.
Star speller talks about Peeps, future career.
'Pacific' overtures by peeping stage manager .
'Pacific' overtures by peeping stage manager.
A perfect afternoon for leaf peeping in Bangor Wednesday.
Wednesday is your chance to do some leaf-peeping from high above the trees in Bangor.
Reno police issued a warning today about the 'peeping Tom'.
Suede peep-toes, Betsey Johnson, $165.
A peeping perv who makes a living teaching medical students about anatomy – and examining patients' private parts – was busted for allegedly videotaping up women's skirts, law enforcement sources.
While leaf-peeping in the Upper Engadine valley, Kate Simon welcomes the changing of the seasons.
Local voice more like a peep.

In science:

The Black Hills are literally a peep hole through the Great Plains into the ancient geologic past.
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