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Meaning of PEEP

Pronunciation:  peep

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a secret look
  2. [n]  the short weak cry of a young bird
  3. [v]  look furtively
 

PEEP is a 4 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: cheep, peek, peek
 
 See Also: cry, look, look, looking, looking at

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.                                 --Dryden.
    
    
    
    3. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a
       crevice; to pry.
    
             eep through the blanket of the dark.  --Shak.
    
             From her cabined loophole peep.       --Milton.
    
    {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.
    
    
  2. \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. --Gray.
    
    3. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place
       of concealment.
    
             To take t' other peep at the stars.   --Swift.
    
    4. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper ({Trigna
           minutilla}).
       (b) 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]
    
    
 
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