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.
[Sense 1, perhaps a variant of Early Modern English pire (from Middle English piren; perhaps akin to Low German piren, to search closely), Sense 2, perhaps a variant of Early Modern English pear (from Middle English peren. probably alteration of apperen, to appear; see APPEAR).]
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