Definition of keek in English:


Pronunciation /kēk/ /kik/

intransitive verb

[no object]Scottish
  • Peep surreptitiously.

    ‘he keeked through the window’
    • ‘A quick glance around revealed a half-dozen other kids concealed in doorways, keeking out from behind walls, or half - hidden behind trees.’
    • ‘She doesn't like playing piano and hates being keeked by Nobita Nobi when she was washing.’
    • ‘When books were read round class, and you got the belt if you got carried away and keeked at the next page before you were allowed to.’
    • ‘After slapping Harry on the ear, I keeked out of the flap expecting to see a furious young girl in the truck's wake, but only spotted a calf looking over a hedge.’
    • ‘It took Liam some time to answer the door. I keeked round the back to see him emerge through what I thought was a field of bamboo.’
    • ‘He'll glower at the fire and he'll keek at the light!’
    • ‘Please keek in on us from time to time.’
    peep, have a peep, have a peek, take a secret look, spy, take a sly look, take a stealthy look, sneak a look, glance, cast a brief look, look hurriedly, look, peer


Scottish in singular
  • A surreptitious glance.

    ‘John Knox might not approve (though he would probably have a keek through the curtain); the two Roberts, Burns and Fergusson, certainly would.’
    • ‘It's an odd story, a keek through the keyhole at the inner workings of how to stay famous, but it also serves to illustrate just how far the writer has come.’
    • ‘They vanish like dreams at morn's first keek.’
    • ‘I will take a keek at anything I like now.’
    quick look, brief look, sly look, stealthy look, sneaky look, peek, glance, glimpse, look, peer


Late Middle English perhaps related to Dutch kijken ‘have a look’.



/kēk/ /kik/