glance vs peek what difference

what is difference between glance and peek

English

Alternative forms

  • glaunce (obsolete)

Etymology

From a conflation of Middle English glacen (to graze, strike a glancing blow) and Middle English glenten (to look askance). Middle English glacen came from Old French glacier (to slip, make slippery), which was a derivative of glace (ice). Middle English glenten was derived from Old Norse *glenta (to shine; look), which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *glintaną (to shine; look). Middle English glenten is also the source of glint.

The form of the modern word takes largely after its Latinate parent, save for the medial -n-. On the other hand, the most common sense in modern usage, “to look briefly (at something)”, comes from its Germanic parent. The sense “to sparkle” does as well. Most other senses derive from Middle English glacen.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɡlɑːns/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɡlæns/
  • Rhymes: -ɑːns, -æns

Verb

glance (third-person singular simple present glances, present participle glancing, simple past and past participle glanced)

  1. (intransitive) To look briefly (at something).
    She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror.
  2. (intransitive) To graze at a surface.
  3. To sparkle.
    The spring sunlight was glancing on the water of the pond.
    • From art, from nature, from the schools, / Let random influences glance, / Like light in many a shivered lance, / That breaks about the dappled pools.
  4. (intransitive) To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
  5. (intransitive) To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside.
    • 1833, Mary Shelley, The Mortal Immortal
      I started — I dropped the glass — the fluid flamed and glanced along the floor, while I felt Cornelius’s gripe at my throat, as he shrieked aloud, “Wretch! you have destroyed the labour of my life!”
  6. (soccer) To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
  7. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; often with at.
  8. (ichthyology) A type of interaction between parent fish and offspring in which juveniles swim toward and rapidly touch the sides of the parent, in most cases feeding on parental mucus. Relatively few species glance, mainly some Cichlidae.

Synonyms

  • (To see something briefly): see

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

glance (countable and uncountable, plural glances)

  1. A brief or cursory look.
  2. A deflection.
  3. (cricket) A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side.
  4. A sudden flash of light or splendour.
  5. An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
    • c. 1782, William Cowper, The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk
      How fleet is a glance of the mind.
  6. (mineralogy) Any of various sulphides, mostly dark-coloured, which have a brilliant metallic lustre.
  7. (mineralogy) Glance coal.
Derived terms

Translations



English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: pēk, IPA(key): /piːk/
    Homophones: peak, peke, pique
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Alternative forms

  • peak, peke (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From Middle English *peken, piken, pyken (to peep), probably a fusion of Middle English pepen (to peep) and keken, kiken (to keek, look, spy), equivalent to a blend of peep +‎ keek.

Verb

peek (third-person singular simple present peeks, present participle peeking, simple past and past participle peeked)

  1. (informal) To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep.
  2. (informal) To be only slightly, partially visible, as if peering out from a hiding place.
  3. (computing, transitive) To retrieve (a value) from a memory address.
    • 2006, Gary Willoughby, PureBasic: A Beginner’s Guide to Computer Programming (page 279)
      We are peeking the value from the first index’s memory location.
Derived terms
  • peekable
Translations

Noun

peek (plural peeks)

  1. A quick glance or look.
Derived terms
  • sneak peek

Etymology 2

Noun

peek

  1. Misspelling of pique.

Anagrams

  • Ekpe, Keep, Peke, keep, kepe, peke

Basque

Noun

peek

  1. ergative plural of pe

Hlai

Etymology

From Proto-Hlai *pʰaːk (high), from Pre-Hlai *paːk (Norquest, 2015).

Pronunciation

  • (Standard Hlai) IPA(key): /pʰeːk˥/

Adjective

peek

  1. high

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