peak vs peek vs pique : Common Errors in English

About peak vs peek vs pique

It is tempting to think that your attention might be aroused to a high point by “peaking” your curiosity; but in fact, “pique” is a French word meaning “prick,” in the sense of “stimulate.” The expression has nothing to do with “peek,” either. Therefore the expression is “my curiosity was piqued.”An amazing number of people write about “mountain peeks.” A peak is a summit; a peek is a glimpse.

peak Meaning(s)

  • (n) the most extreme possible amount or value
  • (n) the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  • (n) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • (n) the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
  • (n) a V shape
  • (n) the highest point (of something)
  • (n) a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
  • (v) to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity

peek Meaning(s)

  • (n) a secret look
  • (v) throw a glance at; take a brief look at

pique Meaning(s)

  • (n) tightly woven fabric with raised cords
  • (n) a sudden outburst of anger
  • (v) cause to feel resentment or indignation

peak in News

  1. Greek Peak to get $2M chairlift

    Greek Peak's new owners plan to install a new $2 million chairlift carrying four people on each... - 1:15 pm
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Ithaca Journal

  2. Peak Announces Lifting of Cease Trade Order Limited to Management

    Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. today announced that the cease trade order limited to management imposed on May 1, 2013 by the Autorite des marches financiers, the Company's principal regulator, due ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Peak Capital Partners Acquires 216-Unit Albuquerque Apartment Community

    Peak Capital Partners, a residential multifamily investment company based in Orem, Utah, today announced it recently acquired Sandia Valley, a 216-unit residential apartment commun
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

peek in News

  1. Get a sneak peek of Margaritaville today

    As a sneak peek event, Margaritaville opened the doors to the casino, restaurants and bars for part of today.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Shreveport Times

  2. Get a sneak peek of new Gettysburg museum

    One of the big events during the Gettysburg 150th celebration is the opening of a new museum. News 8's Ed Weinstock got a sneak peek and a view most people have never seen until now.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley

  3. Jody Peek new soil conservationist at NRCS

    Jody Peek, originally from southern Davis County, has moved to Creston to work at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a soil conservationist.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Creston News Advertiser

pique in News

  1. Shakira on the Cover of Elle Magazine

    Shakira was on the cover of Elle for the month of July, and in the interview she opens up about The Voice, her relationship with Gerard Pique and being a mother. She said of her coworkers on The Voice, "In general, I think I've treated the boys with mercy." On her relationship with Pique she said, "He has his own world and that's actually one of the healthiest things about the relationship. I ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Opposing Views

  2. Shakira on the Male Judges on 'The Voice': 'I've Treated the Boys With Mercy'

    (Courtesy  Elle ) Shakira covers the July issue of  Elle magazine The July issue of  Elle magazine doesn't hit newsstands until June 25th, but we have a sneaky peek at the cover story—featuring Colombian singer and  The Voice judge (she's so funny on the show!) Shakira . Check out some of the best bits from the interview—wherein she dishes on being a mom and her relationship with Gerard Pique ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: StyleBistro

  3. Fantasy baseball: Some 'minor' adjustments can help your team

    Every April there's a daily rush to the waiver wire. Who got overlooked in the draft? Who got off to a cold start and was prematurely dropped by an impatient owner? Who started off hot, but didn't pique enough interest to get picked? Get 'em while can.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Berkshire Eagle

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