Definition of peek in English:

peek

Pronunciation /pēk/ /pik/

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verb

no object, with adverbial
  • 1Look quickly, typically in a furtive manner.

    ‘faces peeked from behind the curtains’
    • ‘Judy bit her lip, opened the door to the operating room just a crack, and quickly peeked inside.’
    • ‘I wait for Diania to wake and dress, then I slip out of the storage facility and, still twitching, peek out into the room.’
    • ‘She peeks under the wrapping quickly then sets it back.’
    • ‘He quickly peeked around the corner of the kitchen to check that he hadn't been heard.’
    • ‘Griffin quickly peeked into the tent and saw the armoury, he was smiling from ear to ear.’
    • ‘She quickly peeked into the pot and gave a disappointed sigh before rushing to open the door.’
    • ‘She just wanted to peek inside quickly to see who it was, then she would gladly leave with Josh.’
    • ‘I stayed behind after classes were over for the day and peeked into the detention room.’
    • ‘All we need is to be allowed to peek behind the curtain.’
    • ‘I'm glad our wedding photographer didn't make us peek out coyly from behind a tree or some such nonsense.’
    • ‘He peeks inside a room and then enters, turning on the lights.’
    • ‘He peeks behind the curtains, an amateurish move on his part, but nothing too bad.’
    • ‘Ms. Robbs cracked the door of her son's room, peeking in at his sleeping face.’
    • ‘Leanne called softly, walking throughout the house, peeking into all the rooms.’
    • ‘She crouched behind a tent, peeking out to see if there was any way through.’
    • ‘Lynn walked right on by, peeking into Jessie's room to make sure she was alone.’
    • ‘On my way back, I paused by the open door of the spare room, peeking into it with interest.’
    • ‘From there she peeked into the family room, where the prince was sleeping soundly.’
    • ‘Then a little blond head peeked out from behind the door and wobbled toward me.’
    • ‘She peeked at me from behind her fingers and laughed miserably.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Protrude slightly so as to be just visible.
      ‘his socks were so full of holes his toes peeked through’
      • ‘The distant rays of the sun had just begun to peek slightly over the horizon.’
      • ‘He noticed one of her toes peeking out of a shoe - covered with dust, just like his own bare toes.’
      • ‘They did, and when I walked, the tips of the toes peeked out beneath the folds of silk.’
      • ‘I looked down into her face: teeth peeking through in a slight grin and muscles locked with determination.’
      • ‘Roots begin to creep out from the bottom of the pot around drainage holes or they peek through the top soil.’
      • ‘Huge shoals of orange anthias sway in and out of the colourful soft corals while honeycomb moray eels peek out from holes in the coral gap.’
      • ‘Baby emperor penguins peek out from pouches just over their fathers' feet.’
      • ‘From the street, the new interventions poke and peek out slyly above rooftops and through gaps in the street frontage.’
      • ‘Ads already peek up at successful putters from inside golf holes.’
      • ‘The toes of her little Cinderella feet peeked out from under the frills of her nightgown.’
      • ‘She was covered head to toe in mud and bits of vegetation peeked out of her wind blown ponytail.’
      • ‘His hair cascaded down his face, obscuring his eyes but allowing the slightest hint of a frown to peek through.’
      • ‘Moonlight peeked in through the gaping hole in the roof and the stars winked down at them.’
      • ‘The trees loomed high above their heads, the moon peeking through the small clearings from the leaves.’
      • ‘The sun was threatening to peek over the horizon, and Darion reluctantly stood to go.’
      • ‘Use scissors to trim the sticks so that the candies peek out above the edge of the cake.’
      appear, appear partly, appear slowly, show, come into sight, come into view, make an appearance, put in an appearance, present itself, present oneself, become visible, emerge, issue, peep, peer out, surface, loom, show its face, show one's face, come to light, spring up, pop up
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noun

  • A quick or furtive look.

    • ‘she sneaked a peek at the map’
    secret look, sly look, stealthy look, sneaky look, peep, glance, glimpse, brief look, hurried look, quick look, look, peer
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Usage

The word meaning ‘look quickly or furtively’ and ‘a quick or furtive look’ is peek, not peak: the sun peeks out only intermittently; a sneak peek at what's in store. In some contexts, this error is very common: for example, almost a third of citations for the expression a sneak peek in the Oxford English Corpus are for the incorrect spelling (a sneak peak)

Origin

Late Middle English pike, pyke, of unknown origin.