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Definitions of peer

peer1 (pɪə



  1. a member of a nobility; nobleman
  2. a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron . See also life peer
    1. a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ peer pressure
  3. (archaic) a companion; mate

Word Origin

C14 (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal


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= noble, lord, count, duke, earl, baron, aristocrat, viscount, marquess, marquis, nobleman, aristo (informal)
= equal, like, match, fellow, contemporary, coequal, compeer

peer2 (pɪə



  1. to look intently with or as if with difficulty   ⇒  ■ to peer into the distance
  2. to appear partially or dimly   ⇒  ■ the sun peered through the fog

Word Origin

C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes


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= squint, look, spy, gaze, scan, inspect, peep, peek, snoop, scrutinize, look closely, squinny
= appear, emerge, become visible, peep out

Translations for 'peer'

  • British English: peer If you peer at something, you look at it very hard, usually because it is difficult to see clearly. VERBI had been peering at a computer print-out that made no sense at all.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: examinar
  • Chinese: 费力地看费費力地看
  • European Spanish: mirar detenidamente
  • French: scruter
  • German: starren
  • Italian: scrutare
  • Japanese: じっと見詰める
  • Korean: 뚫어지게 보다
  • Portuguese: examinar
  • Spanish: mirar detenidamente
  • British English: peer Your peers are the people who are the same age as you or who have the same status as you. NOUNHis engaging personality made him popular with his peers.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: colega
  • Chinese: 同侪同侪<TRAD>儕</TRAD>費力地看
  • European Spanish: igual
  • French: pair
  • German: Gleichrangige Gleichrangiger
  • Italian: pari
  • Japanese: 仲間
  • Korean: 또래
  • Portuguese: colega
  • Spanish: igual

Example Sentences Including 'peer'

Colin conducted him towards his peer group where a cricket match at the Wanderers "Club was being dissected.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
The pathologist swung round from the corpse to peer uncertainly at the two CID men in the doorway of the tiny mortuary.
Parkes, Roger Riot
She bent over to peer inside, then slammed it shut with an air of bad temper.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)


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