leaf peeper

noun

US
: a person who visits wooded areas in autumn to view the changing colors of the foliage
Leaf peepers in northern Maine will find more orange blazing in the forestlands than they might have found in previous years …Down East
leaf-peeping noun US
… Woodstock, Vermont—one of New England's prettiest towns and a prime destination for fall leaf peeping. Danielle Pergament

Examples of leaf peeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web JetBlue is helping leaf peepers and holiday travelers alike with flight deals starting at just $34 to do it. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 27 Sep. 2023 And a Vermont town known for its fall foliage closes roads to leaf peepers. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2023 The massive park includes attractions such as the Saint Louis Zoo, Art Museum, and Missouri History Museum, which offer extra incentives for visiting leaf peepers and shutterbugs. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 25 Sep. 2023 Prospective leaf peepers can also receive the weekly report in their inboxes by signing up for the newsletter. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2023 The Kancamagus Highway — New Hampshire Route 112 — is the most famous drive for leaf peepers, but Route 302 up through Crawford Notch is, in my opinion, equally stunning, in addition to bringing early color. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 Predictions are also similar on the West Coast as leaf peepers can expect to see peak colors change around the same Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 dates in Washington state. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2023 While fall may officially start on the Autumnal Equinox (that's on Saturday, September 23 this year), many people (hello, leaf peepers) feel that the seasons don't change until the leaves do. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 30 Aug. 2023 The fall colors in Minnesota don’t get the attention of the foliage in Vermont or Maine, but while every other leaf peeper heads east this autumn, our tip is to head north, where fall comes twice. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leaf peeper was in 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Leaf peeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20peeper. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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