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PEEP, v.i. [L. pipio; Heb. to cry out.]
1. v. & n. --v.intr. 1 (usu. foll. by at, in, out, into) look through a narrow opening; look furtively. 2 (usu. foll. by out) a (of daylight, a flower beginning to bloom, etc.) come slowly into view; emerge. b (of a quality etc.) show itself unconsciously. --n. 1 a furtive or peering glance. 2 the first appearance (at peep of day). Phrases and idioms: peep-bo = BO-PEEP. peep-hole a small hole that may be looked through. peeping Tom a furtive voyeur. peep-show a small exhibition of pictures etc. viewed through a lens or hole set into a box etc. peep-sight the aperture backsight of some rifles. peep-toe (or -toed) (of a shoe) leaving the toes partly bare. Etymology: ME: cf. PEEK, PEER(1) 2. v. & n. --v.intr. make a shrill feeble sound as of young birds, mice, etc.; squeak; chirp. --n. such a sound. Etymology: imit.: cf. CHEEP
Peep Peep, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peeped; p. pr. & vb. n. Peeping.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen, F. piper, p['e]pier, L. pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G. piepen. Senses 2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense from the sound which chickens make upon the first breaking of the shell to the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the influence of peek, or peak. Cf. Pipe.] 1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep. There was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. --Is. x. 14. 2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance. When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear. --Dryden.
Peep Peep, n. 1. The cry of a young chicken; a chirp. 2. First outlook or appearance. Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn. --Gray. 3. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place of concealment. To take t' other peep at the stars. --Swift. 4. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper (Trigna minutilla). (b) The European meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis). Peep show, a small show, or object exhibited, which is viewed through an orifice or a magnifying glass. Peep-o'-day boys, the Irish insurgents of 1784; -- so called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at day break in search of arms. [Cant]
(peeps, peeping, peeped) 1. If you peep, or peep at something, you have a quick look at it, often secretly and quietly. Children came to peep at him round the doorway... Now and then she peeped to see if he was noticing her. = peek VERB: V at n, V • Peep is also a noun. 'Fourteen minutes,' Chris said, taking a peep at his watch. = peek N-SING: a N 2. If something peeps out from behind or under something, a small part of it is visible or becomes visible. Purple and yellow flowers peeped up between rocks... VERB: V prep/adv
pep (tsphaph; the King James Version Isa 8:19; 10:14 (the Revised Version (British and American) "chirp")): In 10:14, the word describes the sound made by a nestling bird; in 8:19, the changed (ventriloquistic?) voice of necromancers uttering sounds that purported to come from the feeble dead. The modern use of "peep" equals "look" is found in Sirach 21:23, as the translation of parakupto: "A foolish man peepeth in from the door of another man's house."
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