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Session 22

Take a glimpse at this episode of English In A Minute, where Saskia will explain the differences between ‘peep’, ‘peer’ and ‘glimpse’.

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Peer vs Peep vs Glimpse

Take a glimpse at this episode of English In A Minute, where Saskia will explain the differences between ‘peep’, ‘peer’ and ‘glimpse’.

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Saskia

Hi, everyone. Welcome back to English In A Minute.

Peep, peer and glimpse are all verbs of sight that mean 'look at something', but are used in different situations.

Let's look at some examples:

My friend peeped at my test answers.

This verb means to 'look at something quickly and secretively'.

I peered at the document trying to understand it.

Peer means 'to look at something intently or carefully in detail'.

It can also be used in another way.

I was peering at the clock in the distance.

This example means that I had difficulty reading the clock. Maybe the clock was very small or I have bad eyesight.

I glimpsed the sunlight through the trees.

Glimpse means 'to see something for a short time', or 'to only see part of something'.

We often use glimpse as a noun with the verb catch.

For example, I caught a glimpse of Phil as he left the office.

Bye, everyone.

 

Peep vs Peer vs Glimpse

Peep means 'look at something quickly and secretively'.

  • He peeped at my work.
  • I peeped at the secret document.

Peer means 'to look at something intently or carefully in detail'. It can also be used to describe difficulty looking at something.

  • I peered at the document. 
  • I peered at the figure in the distance.

Glimpse means 'to see something for a short time', or 'to only see part of something'. We often use glimpse as a noun with the verb catch.

  • I glimpsed the monster. 
  • I caught a glimpse of the monster. 

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