Peak, Peek, and Pique
The Quick AnswerWhat 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.