"peek" vs. "peep"
An avid blogger and a regular visitor to this blog recently asked the difference between “peek” and “peep“. I seriously don’t know why English has so many minimal pairs. Why can’t every word be spelt differently? I wonder if other languages have the same phenomenon.
- peek (v.) – to look briefly while trying to avoid being seen
- peep (v.) – to look through something, usually a hole
- Let’s take a peek at what’s happening next door but make sure they don’t see us.
- “No peeking, please. This is a test; you should’ve already studied that chapter long ago.”
- I heard a loud noise outside, so I peeked through the window and saw our neighbours arguing.
- Shh! I think there’s someone inside. I’m going to peep through the keyhole to find out.
- John peeped through the small opening in the fence when he heard a noise.
I’m going to take a peek to see if there are any peeping Toms in the vicinity. 🙂