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1 a person who is of equal standing with another in a group [syn: equal, match, compeer]
2 a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage v : look searchingly; "We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around"

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  • /'piːə/ italbrac RP
  • /'piːər/ italbrac US
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(r)


Etymology 1

Variant of piren, ( peren)


  1. To look at surreptitiously.
To look at surreptitiously

Etymology 2

From Anglo-Norman peir, per, from par.


  1. Somebody or something who/that is at an equal level.
  2. A noble with a hereditary title, i.e., a peerage, and in times past, with certain rights and privileges not enjoyed by commoners.
Derived terms
of equal level



  • /'peːr/


peer (Plural: peren, diminutive: peertje, plural diminutive: peertjes)




  1. to break wind, to fart


es-conj-eer p

Extensive Definition

Peer may refer to:

See also

peer in German: Peer
peer in Dutch: Peer
peer in Polish: BitTorrent#Podstawowe_poj.C4.99cia
peer in Simple English: Peer
peer in Swedish: Peer

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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