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See also: peeps, Peep, and PEEP

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) enPR: pēp, IPA(key): /piːp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pip/, [pʰip]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːp

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English pepen. Compare Dutch piepen (peep), German Low German piepen (to peep), German piepen and pfeifen, all probably onomatopoeic.

NounEdit

peep (plural peeps)

  1. A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird.
  2. A feeble utterance or complaint.
    I don't want to hear a peep out of you!
  3. The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill.
    • 2001, Rev. W. Awdry, Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 177 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001
      "Peep, peep," said Edward, "I'm ready."
      "Peep, peep, peep," said Henry, "so am I."
  4. A kind of bird; a sandpiper.
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VerbEdit

peep (third-person singular simple present peeps, present participle peeping, simple past and past participle peeped)

  1. To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird.
  2. To speak briefly with a quiet voice.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English pepen, variant of piken

VerbEdit

peep (third-person singular simple present peeps, present participle peeping, simple past and past participle peeped)

  1. (intransitive) To look, especially through a narrow opening, or while trying not to be seen or noticed.
    The man peeped through the small hole.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs, ascending the stairs two at a time, peeped perfunctorily into the nursery as she passed the hallway—and halted amazed.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
      But Richmond [] appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw, peeping around the massive silver epergne that almost obscured him from her view, that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.
  2. (intransitive) To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear.
  3. (transitive, MLE) To take a look at; check out.
    Did you peep that video I sent you?
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NounEdit

peep (plural peeps)

  1. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
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Etymology 3Edit

Of uncertain origin; perhaps variant of pip

NounEdit

peep (plural peeps)

  1. (obsolete) A spot on a die or domino.
SynonymsEdit
  • (spot on die or domino): pip

Etymology 4Edit

Back-formation from peeps, a shortened form of people.

NounEdit

peep (plural peeps)

  1. (Britain, slang) person.