American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To utter short, soft, high-pitched sounds, like those of a baby bird; cheep.
- v. To speak in a hesitant, thin, high-pitched voice.
- n. A short, soft, high-pitched sound or utterance, like that of a baby bird.
- n. A slight sound or utterance: I don't want to hear a peep out of you.
- n. Any of various small North American sandpipers.
- v. To peek furtively; steal a quick glance.
- v. To peer through a small aperture or from behind something.
- v. To appear as though emerging from a hiding place: the moon peeping through the clouds.
- v. To cause to emerge or become partly visible: He peeped his head through the door.
- n. A quick or furtive look or glance.
- n. A first glimpse or appearance: the peep of dawn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To chirp, cheep, or pipe; utter a shrill thin sound, as a young chick.
- To speak in a piping or chirping tone.
- To speak.
- n. The cry of a young chick or other little bird.
- n. A sandpiper; a sandpeep. Several small United States species are commonly so called from their cry, as the least and semipalmated sandpipers, Actodromas minutilla and Ereunetes pusillus.
- To have the appearance of looking out or issuing from a narrow aperture or from a state of concealment; come partially into view; begin to appear.
- To look (out or in) pryingly, slyly, or furtively, as through a crevice or small aperture; look narrowly, slyly, or pryingly; take a sly or furtive look; peer; peek.
- To let appear; show.
- n. A sly or furtive look through or as if through a crevice; a hurried or partial view; a glimpse; hence, the first looking out of light from the eastern horizon.
- n. A crevice or aperture; a slit or opening affording only a narrow or limited view.
- n. Specifically The slit in the leaf of a rifle-sight.
- n. A pip.
- v. To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed.
- n. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
- n. obsolete A spot on a die or domino.
- n. UK, slang person.
- n. A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird.
- n. A feeble utterance or complaint.
- n. The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill.
- n. A kind of bird; a sandpiper.
- v. To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird.
- v. To speak briefly with a quiet voice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep.
- v. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
- v. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry.
- n. The cry of a young chicken; a chirp.
- n. First outlook or appearance.
- n. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place of concealment.
- n. Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper (Trigna minutilla).
- n. The European meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis).
- v. make high-pitched sounds
- v. cause to appear
- n. the short weak cry of a young bird
- v. appear as though from hiding
- v. look furtively
- v. speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
- n. a secret look
- From Middle English pepen, variant of piken (Wiktionary)
- Middle English *pepen, probably alteration of pipen, from Old English pīpian, to pipe, from pīpe, tube, musical instrument, and from Latin pīpāre, to peep; see pipe.Middle English pepen, perhaps alteration of piken, to peek; see peek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As numerous commentators have pointed out, it was certainly far less egregious than this, which elicited not a peep from the Obama Administration:”
“I think Palin is the least of our problems, lets cover palosi instead, Now here is a dangerous person with real power to harm you and I. and yet not a peep from the media.”
“Barney Frank does, look what hes done to youre housing market, was he punished for this failer, NO!! he was put in charge of our recovery. and yet not a peep from the media.”
“Nope, not a peep from the hypocrites during Bush's 8-years. matt”
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“But thus far we haven't heard a peep from the young lady herself.”
“But you won't hear a peep from the 70-year-old billionaire.”
“Yet not ONE peep from the Islamic community over the thousands of innocent women/children killed by suicide bombings.”
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“Not one of these 46 countries wanted to hear one peep from the she devil Palin on nuclear security.”
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