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{{11}}peep (1) "glance" (esp. through a small opening), mid-15c., perhaps alteration of M.E. piken (see PEEK (Cf. peek)). The noun was first in sense found in peep of day (1520s); meaning "a furtive glance" is first recorded 1730. Peep-hole is from 1680s; peep-show is from 1851 (not typically salacious until c.1914). Slang peeper "eye" is from c.1700. Peeping Tom "a curious prying fellow" is from 1796; connection with Lady Godiva story dates only from 1837.
{{12}}peep (2) "make a short chirp," c.1400, probably altered from pipen (mid-13c.), ultimately imitative (Cf. L. pipare, Fr. pepier, Ger. piepen, Lith. pypti, Czech pipati, Gk. pipos). The noun is attested from early 15c.; meaning "slightest sound or utterance" (usually in a negative context) is attested from 1903. Peeper "tree frog" is first recorded 1857, Amer.Eng.

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