Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of looking out suddenly, as from behind a screen, so as to startle some one (as by children in play), or of looking out and drawing suddenly back, as if frightened.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alternate withdrawing or concealing of the face or person and sudden peeping out again in a playful manner or in some unexpected place, often resorted to as an amusement for very small children, and generally accompanied by drawling out the word “bo” when concealed, while “peep” is abruptly enunciated on reappearing: as, to play bopeep. In the United States more generally known as peek-a-boo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game played with young children; you hide your face and suddenly reveal it as you say boo!

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Examples

  • All run-away sheep bound back bopeep, trailing their teenes behind them.

    Finnegans Wake

  • But my opinion is that if you don't live with him, you had better live without him, and not go shilly-shallying and playing bopeep.

    The Woodlanders

  • There was a charming mixture of all that is needed to make a garden perfect -- grass, velvety lawn rather; water, for a little brook ran tinkling in and out, playing bopeep among the bushes; trees, of course, and flowers, of course, flowers of every shade and shape.

    The Cuckoo Clock

  • The clouds on which the saints repose are opaque and solid; cherubs in countless multitudes, a swarm of merry children, crawl about upon these feather-beds of vapour, creep between the legs of the apostles, and play at bopeep behind their shoulders.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series

  • But my opinion is that if you don’t live with him, you had better live without him, and not go shilly-shallying and playing bopeep.

    The Woodlanders

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