Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To peek; peep.
  • n. A look, especially a quick one; a peek.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To peek; peep.
  • n. A look, especially a quick one; a peek.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To peep; look pryingly.
  • n. A peep.
  • n. One who keeks or peeks; in the clothing trade, one who spies out the newest designs from rival dealers and reports them to his employer.

Etymologies

Middle English kiken, keken, perhaps from Middle Dutch kiken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kyken, kiken, keken ("to look, peep"), possibly from Middle Dutch kieken or Middle Low German kīken ("to look, peep"), from Old Saxon *kīkan ("to look"), from Proto-Germanic *kīkanan (“to look”). Cognate with Dutch kijken ("to look"), Low German kīken ("to look"), German kucken, gucken ("to look"), Danish kigge, kikke ("to look, peep"), Swedish kika ("to peep, peek, keek, pry"), Icelandic kikja ("to look, check"). Perhaps related to kick. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • compare German guchen, to peer, peek.

    January 19, 2009

  • He keeked between the stems of sorrel and daisies at the midden, a three-sided brick shed where bins were kept.

    - Alasdair Gray, Lanark, ch. 12

    January 19, 2009

  • Scots
    intr.v. - to peek; peep.
    n. - a look, especially a quick one; a peek.

    April 16, 2007