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Hi,

I always get confused with the peep or peek, can you please advise, thanks.

Best regards,

Bernard
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Hi,

There's really not much difference, and these words are not very commonly used.

Clive
I'd say "peek" is much more commonly used than "peep" in the context of sneaking a quick look at something.
"Close your eyes while I bring out a surprise. No peeking!"
"The cat was peeking out of a hole in the box."
The only time I recall hearing "peep" used this way is in the phrase "Peeping Tom." (A Peeping Tom is a man who surreptitiously watches people -- expecially naked women.) "Peep" is much more often used for sounds.
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This is my perception of the two words:
Peeping - typically refers to any act in which one is secretly watching someone in his or her privacy behind some kind of cover without their knowing, like taking shower or changing clothes. It has the connotation of indecency. i.e. Last night when I came home, I saw somebody peeping through your bedroom window in the dark. He fled when he saw me.

Peeking - is more commonly used to reflect curiosity, like wanting to know what is in the gift box.
Hi guys,

I wouldn't agree that 'peep' by itself connotes indecency.

In my experience, it's often used in connection with children.

eg When we want children not to look, we often say 'No peeping!'

Clive
CliveHi guys,I wouldn't agree that 'peep' by itself connotes indecency.In my experience, it's often used in connection with children.eg When we want children not to look, we often say 'No peeping!'Clive
I think the American version of that is "No peeking!"

If I said it to my smart-alec kids, they start making peeping NOISES, like a bunch of baby chickens.
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I agree with Barb -- maybe it's a British/American difference. I might say "not a peep out of you guys," if I wanted them to be silent, but "don't look" would defintiely be "no peeking."
khoffI agree with Barb -- maybe it's a British/American difference.
I'll second (or third) that. Emotion: smile

On the British-produced series "Are You Being Served?", Mrs. Slocombe says, discussing her up-coming vacation -- erm, holiday, that she's going to Rome and while there she may have a peep at the Pope.

CJ
As far is saying that to a child concerned, what I am used to hearing was "no peeking!" as well.
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