To peep is to take a quick, secret glance at something. Kids might peep into the living room on Christmas morning to see if Santa came the night before.

You can peep through the blinds to see who's ringing your doorbell, or watch the sky, hoping the sun will peep (or suddenly appear) from behind the clouds so you can go to the beach as planned. Another kind of peep is the high chirping sound a chick or baby bird makes. This second meaning is imitative — in other words, the word peep sounds like the noise itself.

Definitions of peep
  1. verb
    look furtively
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    type of:
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  2. verb
    cause to appear
    “he peeped his head through the window”
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    type of:
    make visible or noticeable
  3. verb
    appear as though from hiding
    “the new moon peeped through the tree tops”
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    type of:
    come into sight or view
  4. noun
    a secret look
    synonyms: peek
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    look, looking, looking at
    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  5. verb
    make high-pitched sounds
    synonyms: cheep, chirp, chirrup
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    chitter, twitter
    make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  6. verb
    speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  7. noun
    the short weak cry of a young bird
    synonyms: cheep
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    the characteristic utterance of an animal
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