peek·​a·​boo | \ ˈpē-kə-ˌbü How to pronounce peekaboo (audio) \

Definition of peekaboo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a game for amusing a baby by repeatedly hiding one's face or body and popping back into view exclaiming "Peekaboo!"



Definition of peekaboo (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : trimmed with eyelet embroidery a peekaboo blouse
2 : made of a sheer or transparent fabric also : revealing usually small areas of skin
3 : offering only limited display or disclosure especially of a teasing sort peekaboo publicity

Examples of peekaboo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wear over your favorite bikini or bodysuit for a neat peekaboo look. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Of course, not everyone was a fan of the peekaboo look. Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Last week, in a joint Instagram post, Irwin and Powell shared a video of their daughter giggling while playing a round of peekaboo. Georgia Slater,, 18 Mar. 2022 Playing peekaboo with son Maddox at the Shark Tale premiere in September 2004. ELLE, 5 Mar. 2022 On Instagram Dua Lipa treated fans to a photo dump filled with new outfits, including a slinky Christopher Esber number with peekaboo cutouts along its bodice. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2022 Saudis and their government have long played peekaboo over certain behaviors that were officially banned, but privately widespread. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Nanuskha’s peekaboo-reveal knit fits the bill, as does Victoria Beckham’s patchworked flares. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 The Power of the Dog’s cinematic secret has about the same level of mystique as a game of peekaboo. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The adjacent, downstairs bathroom adds a surprise to the space with its all-over-tonal-blue tile, which offers a peekaboo dose of color to the kitchen. Blake Miller, House Beautiful, 7 Sep. 2021 Take a spin around the new garden in a two-toned ribbed Staud dress and some peekaboo flats from Cult Gaia (the better to climb all those steps!). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 29 May 2021 Certainly not any of the thousands of people who've tried one of Amazon's best-selling one-piece bathing suits: a monokini with crisscross straps and a peekaboo waist that comes in dozens of colors and prints. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, 7 Apr. 2021 And like Lipa, another animal had a peekaboo moment: a beautiful horse. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2020 Crochet has the ability to choose loop sizes, meaning that the classic technique can be morphed into something that has more of a saucy, peekaboo effect. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 17 Aug. 2020 Mucinex chocolate clusters, peekaboo hazmat suits, and other treats for the feverish. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2020 The home is on a ¾-acre site that slopes into open space, allowing for a daylit, finished walk-out lower level, plus an entertainment-sized deck overlooking the hogback ridges and peekaboo views of city lights beyond. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, 2 Aug. 2019 Part power suit, part boudoir dressing, the lacy number featured a classic double-breasted jacket in wool silk and a lace skirt with peekaboo panels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 5 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of peekaboo


1600, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peekaboo


peek entry 1 + boo entry 1

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“Peekaboo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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