Peer v. t. To make equal in rank. [R.]
Peer v. t. To be, or to assume to be, equal. [R.]
Peer v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peered p. pr. & vb. n. Peering.]
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. To look narrowly or curiously or intently; to peep; as, the peering day.
Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads. --Shak.
As if through a dungeon grate he peered. --Coleridge.
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.
n 1: a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
[syn: equal, match, compeer]
2: a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron)
who is a member of the British peerage
v : look searchingly; "We peered into the back of the shop to
see whether a salesman was around"