Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To glance quickly.
  • intransitive v. To look or peer furtively, as from a place of concealment.
  • intransitive v. To be only partially visible, as if peering or emerging from hiding: Tiny crocuses peeked through the snow.
  • n. A brief or furtive look.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep.
  • v. To be only slightly, partially visible, as if peering out from a hiding place.
  • v. To retrieve (a value) from a memory address.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To look surreptitiously, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To peep; look pryingly.
  • n. An obsolete or nautical spelling of peak.
  • n. A woodpecker.

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

  • v. throw a glance at; take a brief look at
  • n. a secret look

Etymologies

Middle English piken, perhaps alteration of Middle Dutch kieken, variant of kīken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *peken, piken ("to peep"), probably a fusion of peep and keek. (Wiktionary)

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