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adjective (1)

: having a peak : pointed
peaked lapels
a peaked hill
ˈpēk(t)-nəs How to pronounce peaked (audio)


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adjective (2)

peak·​ed ˈpē-kəd How to pronounce peaked (audio)
ˈpi-kəd How to pronounce peaked (audio)
: being pale and wan or emaciated : sickly

Examples of peaked in a Sentence

Adjective (1) the church's peaked spire is a prominent feature of the town's skyline Adjective (2) you probably should go home, as you're looking awfully peaked I'm feeling a little peaked, so I'm going to lie down
Recent Examples on the Web
The 25-year-old pop star attended the storied fashion house’s presentation Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, showing off a lot of leg in a brilliantly white double-breasted jacket with a peaked collar that hit at her upper thigh. John Russell, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 The renderings showed a main building with a peaked roof echoing the nearby mountains and a walking path in the shape of a dog's bone. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 23 May 2024 The peaked roofs of its open-air buildings are decorated with motifs pulled from seashells found on its beaches. Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 Together with the skull and bones, worn by some of the groups’ officers on their peaked hats, the SS logo, which looks like two lightning bolts, became the symbol of the terror of the Nazi state. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 One individual, later identified as 31-year-old Fadi Shuman, was also shown in the clip taking an officer's peaked cap and running away with it. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 3 Feb. 2024 Look closer, though, and the peaked thrust of that stage begins to suggest the prow of a ship, or perhaps the gable of a house — and is that a ribbon of sand that outlines it against the dark sea of the theater’s floor? Trey Graham, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 Naco’s new gym — topped with a peaked metal mesh roof that has a monumental profile on one side and a more intimate scale on the other — is at the crossroads of three neighborhoods and a local train line. Sam Lubell, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The pieces of a house - a peaked roof, fence, door, windows - seem to have been blown apart in some Wizard of Oz mishap. Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Adjective (2)

peak entry 4

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peaked was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Peaked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: having a peak : pointed
a peaked roof


2 of 2 adjective
peak·​ed ˈpē-kəd How to pronounce peaked (audio)
: looking pale and sick

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