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 that week in Paris, she was spotted with another old friend, Sadie Frost, and wore a cinched velvet jacket with a peekaboo leopard-print shirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why I Love the New Kate Moss So Much Better Than the ’90s Waif," 25 Jan. 2019 Her final look -- the peekaboo black gown and eye jewelry - is stunning. Stunning. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: 'American' gurls," 14 June 2018 Her skirt’s black, triangular strip gave it a more modern flair while her hat’s peekaboo flower added an element of fun. Maura Hohman,, "Sister Act! See Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie Match Perfectly on 'Ladies Day' at Royal Ascot," 21 June 2018 Hence the peekaboo shots of the Vogue editor Anna Wintour, as well as of boldface names (Serena Williams, Katie Holmes) and swoony close-ups of gowns and gems. Gary Ross, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Women Walk Away With a Male Franchise. Sort Of.," 5 June 2018 Beyond the peekaboo walls, balustrades throughout are made of soccer netting, in homage to the space’s previous use. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 No occasion was too sacred for some shapely calf peekaboo—not the red carpet; not while throwing the first pitch at a Dodgers game; and especially not while performing in-ring for his employer, WWE. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018 Then come the pictures of a giggling girl, playing peekaboo beneath a pink blanket. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe victim Shana Fisher laid to rest in emotional funeral," 26 May 2018 This year, spring seemed to be enjoying a game of peekaboo, giving us sunshine one day and snow the next. Dahleen Glanton,, "Shootings are a rite of spring in Chicago," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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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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