Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To utter short, soft, high-pitched sounds, like those of a baby bird; cheep.
  • intransitive 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.
  • intransitive v. To peek furtively; steal a quick glance.
  • intransitive v. To peer through a small aperture or from behind something.
  • intransitive v. To appear as though emerging from a hiding place: the moon peeping through the clouds.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • v. To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed.
  • n. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
  • n. A spot on a die or domino.
  • n. person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper (Trigna minutilla).
  • n. The European meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis).
  • intransitive v. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep.
  • intransitive v. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
  • intransitive v. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry.

from The 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.
  • 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. The cry of a young chick or other little bird.
  • n. A sandpiper; a sandpeep.
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
Onomatopoeic, from Middle English pepen (Wiktionary)
From Middle English pepen, variant of piken (Wiktionary)
Of uncertain origin (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from peeps., a shortened form of people. (Wiktionary)

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  • Can't wait for the opportunity to use 'peep this, playa'! Bah, ha, ha!

    December 31, 2009

  • ha! I love Pushing Daisies...

    December 31, 2009

  • From Pushing Daisies episode “Window Dressed to Kill”:

    Emerson: People who need people to do every damn thing for ’em aren’t always the luckiest people in the world. Sometimes those peeps get pissed off and start resentin’ their lazy-ass bosses. Erin and Coco’s peep done gone postal and killed both of ’em.
    Chuck: Peep this, playa.
    Emerson: Don’t do that.
    Chuck: Sorry.

    December 31, 2009

  • Peep is also a slang term for "friend", when it is used in the plural:
    "These are my peeps"

    June 9, 2009

  • Anna: "Did Otto peep?" Otto: "Did Anna?"

    October 18, 2008

  • 1486 Bk. St. Albans sig. fvii, A Pepe of chykennys.

    May 30, 2008