Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Peering; sharp-looking; expressive of curiosity or suspicion; inquisitive; curious; prying.
- Knowing; sly.
- n. A boy's spinning-top, set in motion by the pulling of a string.
- peer + -y (Wiktionary)
“Ai haz a bitt uv an awf-toppik kweschun – peery oddiklolee ai sea sumwun menshun a paij foar cheezepeeps awn teh buk ov fayses – wuud sumwun pweese letz mih noe wich wun itz izz?”
“We will post reminder nownsemints peery oddically betwixt now and tehn.”
“Here the old man, who had been watching with his little peery eyes, pulled the bulky Hector by the skirt, and whispered, “Do not vapour him the huff, it will not pass — let the trout play, he will rise to the hook presently.””
“There was this time when we were workin 'on a knot from Urbs. We knew who they was and what they was after, and was peery a while to see what they done and who they talked to.”
“She acknowleged that his nose was good, but his eyes were small, peery, and too close together, and his head shelved backward like an ape's.”
“Only, on my mind, more than my sight, I fancy, a queer knowledge remained of wet, peery eyes.”
“` People got so peery, 'complained the great man, ` that ingenious men were put to dreadful shifts.”
“People got so peery,' complained the great man, 'that ingenious men were put to dreadful shifts.”
“Here the old man, who had been watching with his little peery eyes, pulled the bulky Hector by the skirt, and whispered, "Do not vapour him the huff, it will not pass -- let the trout play, he will rise to the hook presently.”
“Weel, weel, a 'in gude time," said the beggar -- "I can use a little wee bit freedom wi 'Mr. Daniel Taffril; -- mony's the peery and the tap I worked for him langsyne, for I was a worker in wood as weel as a tinkler.”
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