\ ˈpēp How to pronounce peep (audio) \
peeped; peeping; peeps

Definition of peep

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

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

Definition of peep (Entry 2 of 4)

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

Definition of peep (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

Definition of peep (Entry 4 of 4)

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

First Known Use of peep

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

History and Etymology for peep

Verb (1)

Middle English pepen, of imitative origin

Verb (2)

Middle English pepen, perhaps alteration of piken to peek

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“Peep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peep. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for peep

peep

verb
\ ˈpēp How to pronounce peep (audio) \
peeped; peeping

Kids Definition of peep

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to look through or as if through a small hole or a crack : peek
2 : to look quickly
3 : to show slightly There are crocuses peeping through the snow.

peep

noun

Kids Definition of peep (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a quick or sneaky look
2 : the first appearance We were at the shore by the peep of dawn.

peep

verb
peeped; peeping

Kids Definition of peep (Entry 3 of 4)

: to make a short high sound such as a young bird makes

Other Words from peep

peeper noun

peep

noun

Kids Definition of peep (Entry 4 of 4)

: a short high sound

Medical Definition of PEEP

positive end-expiratory pressure

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