Peep

Definition of Peep

Pronunciation: pēp
v. i.1.To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep.
[imp. & p. p. Peeped (pēpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Peeping.]
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; as, the sun peeped over the eastern hills.
When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear.
- Dryden.
3.To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry.
Peep 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.
n.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.(Zool.) Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper (Trigna minutilla).
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.

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