1 of 2

adjective (1)

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


2 of 2

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Resembling a tiny peaked doorway, this towering tree looked very much like the famed entrance of the tree cookie factory made so notable in the commercials and advertising campaign for the Keebler cookie line brand. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2023 Architects took inspiration from older residential buildings in the area with a row of peaked roofs on the new apartments. Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2022 As calls from Big Blue Nation for the rare in-state player in the Calipari era to play more peaked during the team’s 1-6 start, Allen erupted for 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in a double-overtime win at Mississippi State in the SEC opener. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 3 June 2021 Top off the look with a peaked hat or a big fake spider on the back of the cape for extra fun. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 22 Aug. 2022 The octagonal building was all wood, with its tongue-in-groove peaked roof constructed of wooden struts. Vince Guerrieri, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2023 That building has a peaked roof, not a flat one. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2023 With flying concrete buttresses and a peaked entry that soars like a church spire, the building is a Detroit example of what’s known as Googie architecture. Penelope Green,, 25 Nov. 2021 As the early rewards of liberalization peaked and economic inequities deepened, aspirations of mobility have diminished. Suhasini Raj Atul Loke, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 1 Jun. 2023.

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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