verb (used without object)
to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
to peep out or appear slightly.
to come into view.
a member of a nobility; nobleman
a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron See also life peer
(archaic) a companion; mate
to look intently with or as if with difficulty: to peer into the distance
to appear partially or dimly: the sun peered through the fog
c.1300, “an equal in rank or status” (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French peir, Old French per (10c.), from Latin par “equal” (see par (n.)). Sense of “a noble” (late 14c.) is from Charlemagne’s Twelve Peers in the old romances, who, like the Arthurian knights of the Round Table, originally were so called because all were equal. Sociological sense of “one of the same age group or social set” is from 1944. Peer review attested by 1970. Peer pressure is first recorded 1971.
“to look closely,” 1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from East Frisian piren “to look,” of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by Middle English peren (late 14c.), shortened form of aperen (see appear). Related: Peered; peering.
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noun 1. a group of people, usually of similar age, background, and social status, with whom a person associates and who are likely to influence the person’s beliefs and behavior. noun 1. a social group composed of individuals of approximately the same age A group of people who share certain social characteristics, such as age, […]
[peer gint; Norwegian pair gynt] /ˈpɪər ˈgɪnt; Norwegian ˈpɛər ˈgünt/ noun 1. a play (1867) by Henrik Ibsen.
[peer] /pɪər/ verb (used without object) 1. to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly. 2. to peep out or appear slightly. 3. to come into view. /pɪə/ noun 1. a member of a nobility; nobleman 2. a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, […]
/ˈpiːrɪ/ noun 1. (Scot) a spinning top /ˈpiːrɪ/ adjective 1. (Orkney & Shetland, dialect) small