1. To look intently, searchingly, or with difficulty. See Synonyms at gaze.
2. To be partially visible; show: The moon peered from behind dark clouds.
[Middle English piren (probably from Frisian piren) and peren (short for aperen, to appear; see appear).]
1. A person who has equal standing with another or others, as in rank, class, or age: children who are easily influenced by their peers.
a. A nobleman.
b. A man who holds a peerage by descent or appointment.
3. Archaic A companion; a fellow: To stray away into these forests drear,/Alone, without a peer(John Keats).
[Middle English, from Old French per, equal, peer, from Latin pr; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.]
peer /pr/ n.1 a person who is ones equal in age, rank, ability, or other quality: I want to discuss that business offer with my peers at work.2to have no peer: to be the best: In sports, he has no peer. v. [I] to take a long, slow look as if to discover s.t. (an object, an answer to a question) that is not at first clear: He peered out the window to see who was coming.