- 1[intransitive] to look at something quickly and secretly because you should not be looking at it synonym peep No peeking! + adv./prep. She peeked at the audience from behind the curtain. I couldn't resist peeking in the drawer.
- 2[intransitive] peek out/over/through, etc. to be just visible Her feet peeked out from the end of the blanket. A toe peeked through the hole in his sock. Word Origin late Middle English pike, pyke, of unknown origin.Extra examples Daniel peeked cautiously over his shoulder. He peeked out from behind the door. I wandered around the house, peeking into various rooms. I was tempted to peek around the corner. She peeked at the clock to see the time. The sun was peeking through the clouds. I couldn’t resist peeking in the drawer.
BrE BrE//piːk//; NAmE NAmE//piːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peek
BrE BrE//piːk//; NAmE NAmE//piːk//he / she / it peeks
BrE BrE//piːks//; NAmE NAmE//piːks//past simple peeked
BrE BrE//piːkt//; NAmE NAmE//piːkt//past participle peeked
BrE BrE//piːkt//; NAmE NAmE//piːkt//-ing form peeking
BrE BrE//ˈpiːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːkɪŋ//