peep

1 of 4

verb (1)

peeped; peeping; peeps

intransitive verb

1
: to utter a feeble shrill sound as of a bird newly hatched : cheep
2
: to utter the slightest sound

peep

2 of 4

noun (1)

1
: a feeble shrill sound : cheep
2
: a slight utterance especially of complaint or protest
3
: any of several small sandpipers

peep

3 of 4

verb (2)

peeped; peeping; peeps

intransitive verb

1
a
: to peer through or as if through a crevice
b
: to look cautiously or slyly
2
: to begin to emerge from or as if from concealment : show slightly

transitive verb

1
: to put forth or cause to protrude slightly
2
slang : to have a look at : see, watch

peep

4 of 4

noun (2)

1
: a first glimpse or faint appearance
at the peep of dawn
2
a
: a brief look : glance
b
: a furtive look

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English pepen, of imitative origin

Verb (2)

Middle English pepen, perhaps alteration of piken to peek

First Known Use

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peep was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Peep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peep. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

peep 1 of 4

verb

1
: to make a feeble shrill sound as of a bird newly hatched
2
: to speak with a small weak voice

peep

2 of 4

noun

: a quick high-pitched sound

peep

3 of 4

verb

1
2
: to show slightly
crocuses peeping through the snow

peep

4 of 4

noun

1
: the first appearance
the peep of dawn
2
: a brief or sly look

Medical Definition

positive end-expiratory pressure

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