peep
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English pepen, of imitative origin Date: 15th century 1. to utter a feeble shrill sound as of a bird newly hatched ; cheep 2. to utter the slightest sound II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a feeble shrill sound ; cheep 2. a slight utterance especially of complaint or protest <
don't let me hear another peep out of you
>
3. any of several small sandpipers III. verb Etymology: Middle English pepen, perhaps alteration of piken to peek Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to peer through or as if through a crevice b. to look cautiously or slyly 2. to begin to emerge from or as if from concealment ; show slightly transitive verb 1. to put forth or cause to protrude slightly 2. slang to have a look at ; see, watch IV. noun Date: 1530 1. a first glimpse or faint appearance <
at the peep of dawn
>
2. a. a brief look ; glance b. a furtive look

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