Although they have identical pronunciation, “peak,” “peek” and “pique” mean different things:
- Peek is related to sight. As a noun, it means a brief or furtive look. As a verb, it means to take a look at something or look through something small. Example: She peeked around the corner.
- Peak is a noun or verb that figuratively or literally refers to a high or maximum point such as the peak of a mountain or peak fitness.
- Pique means to excite, arouse or pride oneself on. It can also mean resentment but is mostly associated with curiosity. Example: The strange symptoms piqued the curiosity of the medical students.