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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Peep  \Peep\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Peeped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Peeping}.]  [Of  imitative  origin;  cf  OE  pipen,  F.  piper, 
  p['e]pier,  L.  pipire,  pipare,  pipiare  D.  &  G.  piepen.  Senses 
  2  and  3  perhaps  come  from  a  transfer  of  sense  from  the  sound 
  which  chickens  make  upon  the  first  breaking  of  the  shell  to 
  the  act  accompanying  it  or  perhaps  from  the  influence  of 
  peek,  or  peak.  Cf  {Pipe}.] 
  1.  To  cry,  as  a  chicken  hatching  or  newly  hatched;  to  chirp; 
  to  cheep. 
  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. 
  When  flowers  first  peeped,  and  trees  did  blossoms 
  bear.  --Dryden. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Peep  \Peep\,  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.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Any  small  sandpiper,  as  the  least  sandpiper  ({Trigna 
  b  The  European  meadow  pipit  ({Anthus  pratensis}). 
  {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.  [Cant] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  short  weak  cry  of  a  young  bird  [syn:  {cheep}] 
  2:  a  secret  look  [syn:  {peek}] 
  v  :  look  furtively  [syn:  {peek}] 

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