Peak, Peek, or Pique?
Peak, Peek, or Pique?What is the difference between "peak," "peek," and "pique"?
- A "peak" is the highest point of something.
- The peak of Mount Everest is 8,848 m.
- A "peek" is a quick look.
- I took a peek at the chicks.
- To "pique" means to arouse interest or curiosity.
- To pique interest in the house, I described it as haunted.
PeakThe noun "peak" is the maximum point, degree, or volume of something. (The word "peak" can also be used as a verb.)
Example Sentences with "Peak"
- 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.)
Example Sentences with "Peek"
- 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.
Example Sentences with "Pique"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
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.