Difference between ‘peep’ and ‘peek’?

In certain contexts, both words have the same meaning. When you ‘peek at something’ or ‘peep at something’ you take a look at it very quickly; this is often done secretly and quietly. It is also possible to peek/peep at someone.

*I would like to have a peep/peek at the new play that she is writing.

The word ‘peep’ is also used in certain informal expressions. For example, if you say that you don’t want to ‘hear a peep out of someone’, what you mean is that you don’t want the individual to say anything or make any noise.

*We became rather worried because we hadn’t heard a peep from them.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – November 27, 2007



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