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    peep/ peek/ peer

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of “peep”, ”peek”and “peer”?

    He peeped (or took a peep) through the keyhole.
    She tried to peep over the wall.
    The little sly dog tried to peek through her half-shut eyes.
    I hate to live on the ground floor because so many people like to peep at the windows.
    It is not very polite to peep over the screen when someone is putting on one’s clothes.
    The fireman peered through the smoke.
    He peered out into the night to make sure that the undercarriage legs hadn’t clashed right through the wings.Screwing up their eyes, they both peered out of their windscreens.
    She worked lipstick over her mouth, then peered into the mirror again.
    She peered over the well of the staircase.

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    Re: peep/ peek/ peer

    Interesting question!

    peek - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education
    To peek is to glance quickly or look or peer furtively as from a place of concealment.

    peep (1) definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
    To peep is to look quickly or secretly (for example) through a small opening or hiding place.

    peer - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education
    To peer is not only to look but to look searchingly, intently or with difficulty.
    There doesn't seem to be much difference between peek and peep, but there is a difference between peer and the other two.

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    Re: peep/ peek/ peer

    peer (at/into)
    * to look very carefully or hard, esp. if not able to see well. Peer suggests looking closely or curiously, esp. with partly close eyes or from behind something.
    “She peered through the mist, trying to find the right path.”
    “He peered at me over the top of his glasses.”
    “Peer into dark corners.”

    peep (at)
    *to look at something quickly and secretly.
    “It’s rude to peep at other people’s work.”
    *to look through a hole or other openings.
    “Peeping through the curtains.”
    “… peep through a keyhole at something.”

    peek (at) = peep (at)
    *to look at something quickly esp. when one should not.
    “They caught him peeking through the hole at what was going on in the room.”
    Last edited by mara_ce; 08-Aug-2009 at 00:53.

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