peep·​hole ˈpēp-ˌhōl How to pronounce peephole (audio)
: a hole or crevice to peep through

Examples of peephole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In perhaps one of the most puzzling, yet significant, ‘90s sitcom decor choices of all time, Monica and Rachel’s apartment peephole was surrounded by a funky yellow frame. Alana Altmann, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2023 The agency also suggested improving security measures, such as by adding peepholes in bedroom doors, restricting access to master keys that can open multiple dorm rooms and giving field personnel more satellite phones. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2023 Knock, wait for the sliding peephole to open and provide the secret password. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 Sometimes, patrons would slap beer labels over the peephole. Alexa Gagosz,, 28 Aug. 2023 Moiseyev wrote in his memoir that during his time in Lefortovo, an officer looked into the peephole every two or three minutes. Júlia Ledur, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 Later, Cumming learned that it was initially intended to be viewed through a perspective box, a device with a peephole that made the images appear three-dimensional. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 28 June 2023 Snorkel in the onsite Rainbow Reef, with thousands of fish and peepholes for viewing, or relax on a private and protected white crescent beach. Maridel Reyes, Women's Health, 6 June 2023 The reveal this season is the catacomb sets throughout the building, including hidden elevators and voyeuristic peepholes. Variety Staff, Variety, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peephole was circa 1570

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“Peephole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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peep·​hole ˈpēp-ˌhōl How to pronounce peephole (audio)
: a hole or crack to peep through

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