- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to look quickly and secretly at something, especially through a small opening. We caught her peeping through the keyhole. Could I just peep inside? He was peeping at her through his fingers.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to be just visible The tower peeped above the trees. The sun peeped out from behind the clouds.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] peep (something) to make a short high sound; to make something make this sound. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet. Word Originverb senses 1 to 2 late 15th cent.: symbolic; compare with peek. verb sense 3 late Middle English: imitative; compare with cheep.Extra examples He peeped out cautiously from behind the door. She was tempted to peep at the letter. The child peeped through a crack in the door. The little boy was peeping at her through his fingers.
BrE BrE//piːp//; NAmE NAmE//piːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peep
BrE BrE//piːp//; NAmE NAmE//piːp//he / she / it peeps
BrE BrE//piːps//; NAmE NAmE//piːps//past simple peeped
BrE BrE//piːpt//; NAmE NAmE//piːpt//past participle peeped
BrE BrE//piːpt//; NAmE NAmE//piːpt//-ing form peeping
BrE BrE//ˈpiːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːpɪŋ//