Word of the Day: Peep



peep

peep / pēp


noun

1. a quick or furtive look

When I want to take God at his word exactly, I take a peep out the window at His creation. From “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver, 1955 –


2. the first instance of coming into sight or appearing

On the morrow, at the peep of day, Rosalind was off to seek her lord. From “The Quest of the Golden Girl” by Richard Gallienne, 1866 – 1947


3. a brief, high-pitched sound

With me every peep becomes a trumpet solo. Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955


4. a slight sound or comment

The idiom, ‘I don’t want to hear another peep out of you’ means don’t say another word.


5. any of a variety of small sandpipers, from the genus Calidris (or Erolia)

The pelicans excited me, but Alli was focused on counting the seemingly-endless mass of tiny brown shorebirds, collectively referred to as “peeps,” that shared the flat with the white giants. Renee Wilson, “Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans”, ‘Coastal Breeze News’, www.coastalbreezenews.com/articles/seeing-shorebirds-from-peeps-to-white-pelicans, March 17, 2017


verb

1. to look quickly at something

Self-respecting people do not care to peep at their reflections in unexpected mirrors, or to see themselves as others see them. Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 - 1946


2. to look (at something) through a narrow opening or from behind something

He who peeps at the neighbor's window may chance to lose his eyes.  Arabian Proverb


3. to partially appear, as from behind something

When we forget the obvious, the little joys, the meals together, the birthday celebrations, the weeping together in time of pain, the wonder of a sunset or of a daffodil peeping through the snow, we become less human. Madeleine L’Engle, 1918 - 2007


4. to make brief, high pitched sounds; to chirp

When the groundhog casts his shadow

And the small birds sing

And the pussywillows happen

And the sun shines warm

And when the peepers peep

Then it is Spring.

From “Pussy Willow” by Margaret Wise Brown, 1910 - 1952


5. to speak hesitantly, in a high-pitched, tinny voice

“Olá,” she peeped quietly. Eden Ariel Lapsley, “What the Empty Houses Told Me”, www,medium.com/@edenariellapsley/what-the-empty-houses-told-me-9d7944c76ffbm, July 5, 2018


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