\ ˈpir How to pronounce peer (audio) \

Definition of peer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that is of equal standing with another : equal The band mates welcomed the new member as a peer. especially : one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age, grade, or status teenagers spending time with their peers
2a : a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron) of the British peerage
b : noble sense 1 Peers and commoners alike were shown the same courtesy.
3 archaic : companion


verb (1)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to look narrowly or curiously a child peering from behind a tree especially : to look searchingly at something difficult to discern She peered into the dark closet looking for her missing shoe.
2 : to come slightly into view : emerge partly a vast white cloud, through which the sun peered— Francis Kingdon-Ward


verb (2)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from peer


peer adjective

Synonyms for peer

Synonyms: Noun

gentleman, grandee, lord, milord, nobleman

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Examples of peer in a Sentence


He was respected and admired by his peers. teenagers spending time with their peer groups

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Neither myself nor my peers at the event noticed any hidden message in the game that somehow glorified Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 2019 Though young people's perspective often goes unheard, Lowe said some young people are unaware of what's happening in the world, and their peers can educate them. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville teens are getting a big learning opportunity this summer: Trip to Puerto Rico," 11 June 2019 According to experts and teachers the peer projects in which teenagers teach their younger schoolmates how to stay safe and sane online have proven to be especially successful in Germany. Washington Post, "How do you teach kids about texting? Bring in the teenagers," 11 June 2019 Ms Sahm’s measure has some advantages over its peers. The Economist, "How to spot a recession," 11 June 2019 Undocumented students face more barriers to college access than peers who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a temporary fix that allowed some undocumented youth protection from deportation. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "For undocumented Arizona high school grad, Yale is more affordable than ASU," 11 June 2019 These casual meet-and-greets allow authors to get to know their local peers and to get a look at the inspirational writing nooks all over the Storyteller’s Cottage., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 June 2019 More and more state and federal agencies have come to embrace peer services. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 Prior to the balcony moment, but after the arrival of the royal family during the parade itself, Louis and Charlotte popped up to peer at the crowds outside. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Reactions to Prince Louis' Trooping the Colour Grumpy Expression Are Priceless," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While few would choose jail, Montanez’s decision reflects a growing resistance to law enforcement’s power to peer into Americans’ digital lives. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones," 7 June 2019 Hologram-like video installations allow visitors to peer into cells and hear what the voices from the past have to tell us about the cruelty of selling human beings. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alabama memorial captures the scale of racial terror in the U.S.," 3 May 2018 Her young children peering at her in the hospital bed. Abby Goodnough, Anchorage Daily News, "Injecting drugs can ruin a heart. How many second chances should a user get?," 30 Apr. 2018 According to a press release, Kozachuk and a team of researchers from Western are the first to use light to peer past daguerreotype damage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018 Less than a month before that, Google confirmed a recent uptick in hacks on its Nest security cameras, allowing attackers to peer into users homes and utter obscenities and abuse through its microphone. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 To peer into your PC’s memory, a hacker would likely either need to be sitting at your computer or trick you into installing malware that has control over your computer. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "Password managers have a security flaw, but you should still use one," 19 Feb. 2019 The James Webb Space Telescope will be able to peer inside disks in infrared wavelengths and look directly for planets. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made," 28 May 2018 When thousands of furious, screaming protesters marched toward the Capitol over the weekend as Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, Republican staffers peered out at the scene from the windows above. Matt Viser, The Seattle Times, "‘An angry mob’: Republicans work to recast Democratic protests as out-of-control anarchy," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of peer


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peer

Noun and Verb (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French per, from per, adjective, equal, from Latin par

Verb (1)

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear

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English Language Learners Definition of peer

: a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else
: a member of the British nobility


\ ˈpir How to pronounce peer (audio) \
peered; peering

Kids Definition of peer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to look curiously or carefully
2 : to come slightly into view : peep out



Kids Definition of peer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person of the same rank or kind : equal
2 : a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron) of the British nobility

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