Examples of peaky in a Sentence

He's looking a bit peaky. her mother announced that she still looked peaky, and felt her forehead for a fever
Recent Examples on the Web The powerband was peaky, with the turbos coming alive above 2500 rpm, accompanied by a distinct whistle. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 4 Sep. 2023 The buzzy and peaky four-cylinder isn't a good match for the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is reluctant to downshift. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2023 Moreover, although the power peaks are identical in both engines, the SE motor's much lower torque peak represents a considerable flattening of the rotary's traditionally peaky torque curve. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2023 That said, while rival Ferraris of the day relied on peaky, high-maintenance V-12s, the Bizzarrini’s small-block V-8—shared with the C1 Corvette—feels absolutely bulletproof. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2022 And unlike the peaky V-12 in the 812 Superfast, 80 percent of that muscle arrives at an easygoing 2,100 rpm. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peaky was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Peaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peaky. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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