1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep. "There was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped." (Is. X. 14)

2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance. "When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear." (Dryden)

3. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry. "eep through the blanket of the dark." (Shak) "From her cabined loophole peep." (Milton) Peep sight, an adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole to peep through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other firearm near the breech.

Origin: Of imitative origin; cf. OE. Pipen, F. Piper, pepier, L. Pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G. Piepen. Senses 2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense from the sound which chickens make upon the first breaking of the shell to the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the influence of peek, or peak. Cf. Pipe.

1. The cry of a young chicken; a chirp.

2. First outlook or appearance. "Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn." (Gray)

3. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place of concealment. "To take t' other peep at the stars." (Swift)

4. <zoology> Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper (Trigna minutilla). The European meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis). Peep show, a small show, or object exhibited, which is viewed through an orifice or a magnifying glass. Peep-o'-day boys, the Irish insurgents of 1784; so called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at day break in search of arms.

(01 Mar 1998)

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