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 Later in the show, the singer showed off the best legs (and abs!) in the biz in a mod peekaboo trapeze dress by Georges Chakra. Alex Apatoff,, "Carrie Underwood's Most Memorable CMA Awards Outfits Through the Years," 13 Nov. 2019 This sleek, peekaboo unitard by the niche fitness label Live the Process is just the ticket. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The demise of a dad’s sense of humor begins in early parenthood while workshopping jokes in front of babies, tiny philistines who think peekaboo is a hilarious bit of misdirection. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Dad Defends Dad Jokes," 12 June 2019 There was Lilah, initiating a joyous game of peekaboo at 6 months, while her sister, then 3, sat on the floor babbling phrases from books and TV shows. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 This two-bedroom, one-bathroom home features historic details such as Spanish tile roof trim, an antique peekaboo door knocker and matchstick wooden floors. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Charming East End cottage in Alameda," 1 July 2019 The actress sported a skirt set made with rich black leather and scrunched sleeves, along with a matching mini with a peekaboo white lace trim. Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny Perfects the Downtown Slingback," 30 Apr. 2019 Paying homage to the film festival’s Canadian roots, Roberts chose a peekaboo gown design by Dsquared2, run by the Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Made a Statement on the Toronto Film Festival Red Carpet," 9 Sep. 2018 For several good long stretches, Bayona maintains steady, artfully varied suspense and peekaboo games as well as a more interesting batch of supporting characters than these movies usually offer. Michael Phillips,, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' review: Raptors delight while humans make a mess of things," 20 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

History and Etymology for peekaboo


peek entry 1 + boo entry 1

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17 Dec 2019

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“Peekaboo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of peekaboo

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

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