Definition of look-see in English:

look-see

noun

informal
  • A brief look or inspection.

    ‘we are just about to take a little look-see around the hotel’
    • ‘This self-governing Australian external territory juts out, like a green volcanic periscope that has risen in mid-ocean for a look-see, approximately half way between Australia and New Zealand.’
    • ‘Now, I can't help but wonder if these people have a quick look-see, utter ‘boring’ and move on, or whether they're actually reading anything I bother to blather on about in here.’
    • ‘After Saturday brunch, we headed to Nottingham Castle then to the shops for a look-see.’
    • ‘But he slightly redeemed himself to me, and I may give it a look-see.’
    • ‘Many many thanks to all of you who stopped by to take a look-see.’
    • ‘Summer time was a bonanza for the zoo vis-a-vis its gate collections with lots of people braving the heat have a look-see at the animals.’
    • ‘The announcement of a humpback whale sighting meant just a quick step out the door for a look-see.’
    • ‘Your photos and commentary makes me wish I could just hop on a plane and come over to take a look-see for myself.’
    • ‘With a little encouragement from Duncan I ditched all attempts to survey and crawled forward for a quick look-see.’
    • ‘He went on, ‘They have a general idea of what you're capable of - enough to make them act preemptively to authorize a look-see.’’
    • ‘I saw the lights on so I decided to have a look-see.’
    • ‘Come, we'll have a look-see and see what we can find.’
    • ‘Give them a look-see - I think you'll be surprised.’
    • ‘They shouted, ‘Hello!’ toward the kitchen and when that didn't work, decided to go into the kitchen for a look-see.’
    • ‘But, during light sleep, some birds (for example, ducks) will open their eyes for a quick look-see.’
    • ‘The food and beverage stands are being erected, tents are popping up, and the course is getting a final look-see for the weekend's racing.’
    • ‘Some 1,500 people came to have a look-see, buying 95 per cent of the 1,875 lots.’
    • ‘I dug up something else that might be worth a look-see.’
    • ‘I'd say give this one a look-see but definitely rent before you buy.’
    • ‘It's possible he could get a look-see this season, but it's more likely he will get a shot next year.’
    glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogle

Origin

Late 19th century from, or in imitation of, pidgin English.

Pronunciation

look-see