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peer 1  (pîr)
intr.v. peered, peer·ing, peers
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).]

peer 2  (pîr)
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. 2 to 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. peer

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