peak vs peek vs pique : Common Errors in English

peak or peek or 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.
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  • n  the most extreme possible amount or value
    voltage peak
  • n  the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  • n  the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    the peak of perfection
    summer was at its peak
  • n  the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
    the view from the peak was magnificent
  • n  a V shape
  • n  the highest point (of something)
    at the peak of the pyramid
  • n  a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
  • v  to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
    That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929

  • n  a secret look
  • v  throw a glance at; take a brief look at
    I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting

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

  • Peak Receives Exchange Approval for CHF Investor Relations Agreement
    Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. today announced that it has received TSX Venture Exchange approval for the investor relations agreement between Peak and CHF Investor Relations announced on May 28, 2013. ...
    June 21, 2013 - Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance
  • Cloud Peak to Develop Mine in PRB
    Cloud Peak Energy received approval to start exploration and development work in a coal mine located in Crow Indian Reservation.
    June 21, 2013 - Zacks via Yahoo! Finance
  • Cloud Peak Energy gets approval for deal with Crow Tribe
    Cloud Peak Energy announced that the U.S. Department of Interior, has approved the option to lease agreement and exploration agreement signed by the Crow Tribe of Indians and a wholly-owned subsidiary ...
    June 20, 2013 - via Yahoo! Finance

  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - The Shreveport Times
  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - Creston News Advertiser
  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley

  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - Opposing Views
  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - StyleBistro
  • 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.
    June 11, 2013 - Berkshire Eagle