peep

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See also: peeps, Peep, and PEEP

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Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeic, from Middle English pepen

Noun[edit]

peep (plural peeps)

  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. The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill.
    2001, Rev. W. Awdry, Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 177 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001
    "Peep, peep," said Edward, "I'm ready."
    "Peep, peep, peep," said Henry, "so am I."
  4. A kind of bird; a sandpiper.
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Verb[edit]

peep (third-person singular simple present peeps, present participle peeping, simple past and past participle peeped)

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

From Middle English pepen, variant of piken

Verb[edit]

peep (third-person singular simple present peeps, present participle peeping, simple past and past participle peeped)

  1. To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed.
    The man peeped through the small hole.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs [] peeped perfunctorily into the nursery [] and halted amazed.
  2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
    • Dryden
      When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear.
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Noun[edit]

peep (plural peeps)

  1. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Of uncertain origin

Noun[edit]

peep (plural peeps)

  1. (obsolete) A spot on a die or domino.
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  • (spot on die or domino): pip

Etymology 4[edit]

Back-formation from peeps., a shortened form of people.

Noun[edit]

peep (plural peeps)

  1. (UK, slang) person.