\ 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

Broadway dancer Tommy Bracco was forced to two-step (and cartwheel) his way out of the Big Brother house Thursday night after being evicted by his peers. Dalton Ross,, "Tommy Bracco of Big Brother reveals his biggest regret in the game," 13 Sep. 2019 Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Sept. 13-19," 12 Sep. 2019 Still, Jefferson — more outspoken against slavery than many of his peers — was under no illusions that it could be reconciled with the Revolution’s principles. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 For exceptionally skilled women, recognition of their achievements in front of their male peers led to more contributions in meetings, perhaps because those colleagues are forced to recognize their abilities. William Park, Quartz at Work, "Why employee rewards are frequently ineffective and potentially counterproductive," 11 Sep. 2019 So many of his peers and sports hall of fame people stepped up. Catalina Righter,, "Q&A: McDaniel College’s Martin Hill passing the torch as board chair," 9 Sep. 2019 While most of its peers crumbled through invasion after invasion, or as the city lapsed into centuries of decay as a backwater of the Ottoman Empire, the Mustansiriya endured, adapting to each of its occupiers' needs. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future," 4 Sep. 2019 He was raised in a family of Witnesses but said peer pressure and other factors led him to abandon the faith in high school. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'Most powerful moment of your life': Large group of Jehovah's Witnesses get baptized at Chase Field," 10 Aug. 2019 Other topics, including peer pressure, dating, STDs, drugs and alcohol, are also covered. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Parents unsure how to begin having ‘the talk’ with son," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At first, he is seen opening a gate, walking into the backyard, and leaning across a pool heater to peer through a bedroom window. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Creeper sneaks into backyard and peers into bedroom window -- but a camera was also watching him," 4 July 2019 Shells, mounted insects, and geodes fall on the eye candy side of the spectrum here (in fact, my kids beg to dip into the store just to peer into the display case housing museum-worthy geode inventory). Sunset Staff, Sunset, "Drink Rum, Go Raft-Camping, and 9 More Things to See & Do This Week," 22 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, Poulos and Ammann were peering in to see if their teammate was okay, WCET reported. Ashley Boucher,, "Climber Is 'Happy to Be Alive' After Falling Down Crevasse During Mount Rainier Descent," 17 Sep. 2019 An ad by Shas, the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party, sends the message home with a wallop: an elderly couple sit alone at their Sabbath table, peering across a sea of empty chairs. New York Times, "How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? The Question Shadows an Israeli Vote," 12 Sep. 2019 As the curiosity swirls, the Raiders haven’t wanted to let peering eyes in. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop,, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 Temperatures were perfect, with a soft slant of sun peering in above the cliffs. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 The angle of the photo allows you to peer directly down into the monster storm's eye. Doug Criss, CNN, "This photo of Hurricane Dorian's eye puts the monster storm's destructive power on full display," 4 Sep. 2019 As scientists peer further back in time and uncover evolutionary relationships in unprecedented detail, their findings are complicating the narrative of human history and rescuing some formerly missing chapters from obscurity. Wired, "Humans and Neanderthals Kept Breeding—and Breeding—for Ages," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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