What is the difference between peak, peek, and pique?
- A peak is the highest point of something.
- A peek is a quick look.
- To pique means to arouse interest or curiosity.
PeakThe noun peak is the maximum point, degree, or volume of something. (The word peak can also be used as a verb.)
- I grew up climbing mountains in Montana. My wife and I were engaged on top of a mountain peak.
- It's been a career filled with very low valleys and some wonderful high peaks. (Pat Morita)
- I hate to sound self-involved, but I feel like I haven't peaked yet. (Q Tip) (This is an example of peak being used as a verb.)
PeekThe noun peek denotes a quick look or glance. (The word peek can also be used as a verb.)
- It's fun to peek into other people's worlds and see how they go about doing things. (Norah Jones)
- I don't think it's a director's job to peek behind the curtain too much. (Paul Thomas Anderson) (This is an example of peek being used as a verb.)
- We may train or peek for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. (Alberto Salazar) (This should be peak.)
PiqueThe noun pique denotes a feeling of irritation or displeasure. It can also be used as a verb meaning to irk or displease. Pique can also mean to arouse or provoke interest.
Examples of pique meaning irritation or displeasure:
- If someone starts agreeing with me, I don't like it. Out of pique, I become something else. (Alexei Sayle)
- In a fit of pique, I said to my agent, "I'm going to write something you can sell."
- It piqued me.
- A great way to pique people's interest in nutrition is to involve them more in the cooking process.
Common Terms with Peak, Peek, and PiqueHere are some common terms which feature peak, peek, or pique:
PeakCommon terms with peak:
- Peak of fitness
- Peak hours
- Mountain peak
PeekCommon terms with peek:
- Peek a boo
- Take a peek
- Sneak a peek
PiqueCommon terms with pique:
- Piqued my interest
- Piqued your interest
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Ways to Remember Peek, Peak, and PiqueHere are some ways to remember peek, peak, and pique:
- Reach a peak by climbing.
- Peer by peeking.
- I have a question. You have piqued my interest.
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