peep

peep
peep1 [pēp]
vi.
[ME pepen: orig. echoic]
1. to make the short, high-pitched cry of a young bird or chick; chirp; cheep
2. to utter a sound or speak in a small, weak voice, as from fear
n.
1. a short, high-pitched sound; chirp; cheep
2. the slightest vocal sound [heard not a peep from him]
peep2 [pēp]
vi.
[ME pepen, ? akin to piken,PEEK]
1. to look through a small opening or from a place of hiding
2. to peer slyly or secretly; take a hasty, furtive look
3. to come into view; show or appear gradually or partially, as though from hiding [stars peeped through the clouds]
vt.
to cause to appear or protrude
n.
1. a brief, hasty look or restricted view; secret or furtive glimpse or glance
2. the first appearance; crack, as of dawn

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