peer Definition

  • 1a person who is of the same age or social status as you
  • 2to look closely or carefully at something, especially when it is difficult to see

Using peer: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "peer" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was never accepted by her peers at school.

  • Example

    He was judged by a jury of his peers.

  • Example

    I peered through the window to see what was happening.

  • Example

    The sun was so bright that I had to peer into the distance.

peer Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using peer

  • birds of a feather flock together

    people of similar character, background, or taste tend to associate with one another


    It's no surprise that they're friends - birds of a feather flock together.

  • strive to match one's neighbors in spending and social status


    They bought a new car just to keep up with the Joneses.

  • put oneself in someone's shoes

    imagine oneself in someone else's situation


    Before criticizing her, try putting yourself in her shoes.

Phrases with peer

  • influence from members of one's peer group


    She started smoking because of peer pressure from her friends.

  • evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field


    The article was sent for peer review before being published in the journal.

  • a group of people who are of similar age, social status, or interests


    She found it hard to fit in with her new peer group at university.

Origins of peer

from Old French 'per', meaning 'equal'


Summary: peer in Brief

The term 'peer' [pɪər] refers to a person who is of the same age or social status as you. It can also mean to look closely or carefully at something. 'Peer' is often used in phrases like 'peer pressure,' which describes influence from one's peer group, and 'peer review,' which refers to evaluation of scientific or academic work by others in the same field. Idioms like 'birds of a feather flock together' and 'keep up with the Joneses' relate to social status and comparison.

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