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 Whenever Emily gesticulates in her tame way, that watch so elegantly slides up and down around her delicate wrists, sometimes peekaboo-ing from under the sleeve of a cashmere turtleneck. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why I’m Buying My First Watch," 10 Dec. 2020 At every restaurant there’s a babbling little cutie trying to play peekaboo with you from the adjacent booth., "Fertility Diary: I’m In My 20s & My Partner & I Both Struggle With Fertility," 31 Aug. 2020 Whoever Ferrante may be, however, the author’s relationship with the public resembles a game that mothers play with infants: peekaboo. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "What Brings Elena Ferrante’s Worlds to Life?," 24 Aug. 2020 To give it that extra Euphoria-esque oomph, the pieces were adorned by elastic wrap-around detailing, peekaboo G-string straps, and rhinestone embellishments. Laura Pitcher, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Latest Outfit Is Straight out of Euphoria," 11 Feb. 2020 Ideal for breezy summer days, the floral pattern is also plenty cheerful, while the peekaboo lace shoulders provide for an effortlessly feminine touch. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Neiman Marcus is offering a steep discount on Longchamp, Ted Baker, and more," 3 Apr. 2020 But on the open field of the collective mind, the sun played peekaboo with cottony clouds, the air suggested but did not demand a sweater, and the gates opened in welcome to a ballpark with infinite capacity. Dan Barry, New York Times, "Baseball Season Opens With a Dash of Imagination," 26 Mar. 2020 There were flapper-esque lines finished in a giant doughnut; sleeves that dusted the knees and sleeves that didn’t exist; bumps and bulges erupting from all sort of places; lace and nylon and cage-like creations; peekaboo with a belly button. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Velvet Ropes, Inclusion and Kanye West in Paris," 1 Mar. 2020 Imaginative and hygienic, Dillon’s digital rhythms are punctuated by acoustic instruments — cello, tabla, steel guitar — that pop up and vanish, playing peekaboo with the void. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Try listening to Beatrice Dillon inside and outside your head," 26 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And like Lipa, another animal had a peekaboo moment: a beautiful horse. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Cardi B, Rosalía, and Dua Lipa," 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, "This Designer Is Making Crochet Lingerie for Men," 17 Aug. 2020 Mucinex chocolate clusters, peekaboo hazmat suits, and other treats for the feverish. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Valentine’s Day Gifts for Flu Season," 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, "In South Jeffco’s secluded Ken Caryl Valley, a remodeled home on ¾-acre is open Sunday, Aug. 4," 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, "Ashley Graham Redefines Power Dressing in Alexander McQueen," 5 July 2018 In 1993, the actress donned a violet gown with a peekaboo lime green paisley pantsuit. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Whoopi Goldberg, Underrated Fashion Icon, Brings Humor to Her Oscars Look," 5 Mar. 2018 For the Met Gala last May, Ms. Dern not only wore a peekaboo navy column dress by Ms. Hearst, but also invited the designer along as her date. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What Will Laura Dern Wear to the Golden Globes? (Hint: It Will Be Black)," 6 Jan. 2018 The breeze offered a peekaboo view of the sea through the lush trees. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Maui’s heavenly Hana is more than just a road trip," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of peekaboo


1600, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peekaboo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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: a game played with a baby in which you cover and then uncover your face and say "Peekaboo!"

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