November 05, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
peek /ˈpiːk/ verb

peeks; peeked; peeking

Two children peeking through a fence
Two children peeking through a fence
Learner's definition of PEEK

[no object]

1 a : to look at someone or something secretly especially from a hidden place

  • A little girl peeked around the corner of the chair at him.

  • She peeked [=peered] through a hole in the fence.

  • Close your eyes, and no peeking!

b : to look at something briefly

  • She peeked ahead to the next chapter to see what happened next.

  • He allowed some of his friends to peek at his next painting.

2 : to show slightly : to be slightly visible — usually + out

  • Her slip peeked out from beneath her skirt. [=a small part of her slip could be seen beneath her skirt]

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