peer

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɪər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/pɪr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pēr)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
peer1 /pɪr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Sociologyone who is the equal of another in abilities or social status:a jury of his peers.
  2. a member of any of the five degrees of the nobility in Great Britain and Ireland.

peer2 /pɪr/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to look searchingly, as in making an effort to see clearly:He peered at the computer screen, wondering what his programming mistake was.
  2. to appear slightly;
    come into view:The sun peered briefly out of the leaden skies.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
peer1  (pēr),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person of the same legal status:a jury of one's peers.
  2. Sociologya person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status.
  3. something of equal worth or quality:a sky-scraper without peer.
  4. a nobleman.
  5. a member of any of the five degrees of the nobility in Great Britain and Ireland (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron).
  6. [Archaic.]a companion.
  • Latin pār equal
  • Old French per
  • Middle English per 1175–1225

peer2  (pēr),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  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.
peering•ly, adv. 
  • perh. aphetic variant of appear 1585–95
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  peep 1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
peer /pɪə/ n
  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
  3. a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
Etymology: 14th Century (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal
peer /pɪə/ vb (intransitive)
  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
Etymology: 16th Century: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes
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