peer, equal, match, compeer

(noun) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group


(noun) a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage


(verb) look searchingly; “We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


peer (third-person singular simple present peers, present participle peering, simple past and past participle peered)

(intransitive) To look with difficulty, or as if searching for something.

(intransitive, obsolete) To come in sight; to appear.


peer (plural peers)

A look; a glance.

Etymology 2


peer (plural peers)

Somebody who is, or something that is, at a level or of a value equal (to that of something else).

Someone who is approximately the same age (as someone else).

A noble with a hereditary title, i.e, a peerage, and in times past, with certain rights and privileges not enjoyed by commoners.

A comrade; a companion; an associate.


peer (third-person singular simple present peers, present participle peering, simple past and past participle peered)

To make equal in rank.

(Internet) To carry communications traffic terminating on one's own network on an equivalency basis to and from another network, usually without charge or payment. Contrast with transit where one pays another network provider to carry one's traffic.

Etymology 3


peer (plural peers)

(informal) Someone who pees, someone who urinates.


• pere, père

Source: Wiktionary

Peer, v. i. [imp. & p.p Peered; p. pr. & vb. n. Peering.] Etym: [OF. parir, pareir equiv. to F. paraître to appear, L. parere. Cf. Appear.]

1. To come in sight; to appear. [Poetic] So honor peereth in the meanest habit. Shak. See how his gorget peers above his gown! B. Jonson.

2. Etym: [Perh. a different word; cf. OE. piren, LG. piren. Cf. Pry to peep.]

Definition: To look narrowly or curiously or intently; to peep; as, the peering day. Milton. Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads. Shak. As if through a dungeon grate he peered. Coleridge.

Peer, n. Etym: [OE. per, OF. per, F. pair, fr. L. par equal. Cf. Apparel, Pair, Par, n., Umpire.]

1. One of the same rank, quality, endowments, character, etc.; an equal; a match; a mate. In song he never had his peer. Dryden. Shall they consort only with their peers I. Taylor.

2. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate. He all his peers in beauty did surpass. Spenser.

3. A nobleman; a member of one of the five degrees of the British nobility, namely, duke, marquis, earl, viscount, baron; as, a peer of the realm. A noble peer of mickle trust and power. Milton. House of Peers, The Peers, the British House of Lords. See Parliament.

– Spiritual peers, the bishops and archibishops, or lords spiritual, who sit in the House of Lords.

Peer v. t.

Definition: To make equal in rank. [R.] Heylin.

Peer v. t.

Definition: To be, or to assume to be, equal. [R.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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