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 spot on a die or domino.
- n. 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.
- v. To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed.
- n. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- 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).
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.
- n. The cry of a young chick or other little bird.
- n. A sandpiper; a sandpeep.
- 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.
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
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)
Of uncertain origin (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from peeps., a shortened form of people. (Wiktionary)
Onomatopoeic, from Middle English pepen (Wiktionary)
From Middle English pepen, variant of piken (Wiktionary)