peer

noun
\ 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

peer

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

peer

verb (2)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from peer

Noun

peer adjective

Synonyms for peer

Synonyms: Noun

gentleman, grandee, lord, milord, nobleman

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Examples of peer in a Sentence

Noun

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

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These military men, some with combat trauma, experience great relief in having their needs validated by peers. Melanie Hamlett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden," 2 May 2019 Simonsen, who was married, spent his entire 19-year career assigned to central Queens and was chosen by his peers to serve as a union delegate. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "NYPD Officials Say Detective Was Killed in Crossfire With Fellow Officers," 13 Feb. 2019 Despite this promising progression, not everyone feels at home with their body hair, and children afraid of being teased by their peers are at the top of the list. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Mom Shares Story of 6-Year-Old Daughter Wanting to Remove Her Body Hair," 1 Oct. 2018 Roy said Gomm had been a corrections officer for 16 years and was known as a hard worker who was respected by his peers. Amy Forliti, Fox News, "Minnesota inmate accused in guard's death has violent past," 19 July 2018 He was well regarded by his peers and seen as someone who could fill any role. Christopher Mele, New York Times, "2 Plead Guilty to Manslaughter in Gas Explosion That Killed a Fire Chief," 13 July 2018 No group of hitters has been so thoroughly outranked by its peers since the 2011 Mariners. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Not just bad but historically so — how the Royals can (eventually) laugh at 2018," 22 June 2018 Widely revered by his peers as the best pickpocket in the world, Robbins confines his gifts to the right side of the law, working as a sleight-of-hand artist, entertainer, speaker, security consultant, and all-around expert in the arts of deception. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The World’s Best Pickpocket Reviews The Ocean’s 8 Heist," 13 June 2018 With a market value of nearly $90 billion, Booking is one of the largest internet companies on the market but is undervalued relative to its peers. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Booking Directs Its Own Traffic," 22 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Birdseye peered through the scope on his rifle and spotted two shadowy figures low to the ground. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 The first picture captures Torres and Bishop peering into a stroller. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Wilmer Valderrama Teases an Intimate Moment Between Torres and Bishop," 11 Dec. 2018 Walking the halls of Miami’s Brain Endowment Bank, I was introduced to researchers and peered into a microscope at Alzheimer’s tissue. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "I Have a Half Mind to Donate My Brain to Science," 18 Apr. 2018 For pension funds, endowments and other big investors, being shut out of these exclusive funds is a bit like peering into a hot nightclub that allows only VIPs inside. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "These Hedge Funds Are Doing Great but Don’t Want Your Money," 29 July 2018

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First Known Use of peer

Noun

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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peer

noun

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

peer

verb
\ 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

peer

noun

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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