Main meanings of peaky in English

: peaky1peaky2

peaky1

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adjectivepeakier, peakiest

British predicative
  • Pale from illness or fatigue; sickly.

    ‘you're looking a bit peaky—a change of scene would do you good’
    • ‘She was already starting to look peaky and pale.’
    • ‘I won't go into the gory details about what's been making me peaky.’
    • ‘I was feeling a bit peaky tonight, and I crept off to bed early, and dropped off, despite the soundtrack burbling away in the background.’
    • ‘Some of the lads were beginning to look distinctly peaky.’
    • ‘The smokers, faced with the climb down from, and more importantly back up to, the third floor for a ciggy are now looking a bit peaky.’
    • ‘She's been peaky for a couple of days now after working far too hard.’
    • ‘I must say that he's looking a bit peaky after the drubbing he's had over his law partnership.’
    • ‘I've never seen a make up lady on the verge of tears before but my puffed out peaky face was a challenge too far.’
    • ‘It's as though your mum thinks you look a bit peaky and wants to build you up.’
    • ‘Then he had the gall to say, ‘Look, if he's very old and is looking a bit peaky don't put a correction in for a couple of days.’
    • ‘There he is on the cover, looking a bit peaky, naturally.’
    • ‘I've had better ideas than going out after drinks, on an empty stomach, when feeling a mite peaky to see a free film.’
    • ‘But she was feeling a little peaky during lunch and I convinced her to let me stay home in the afternoon.’
    • ‘Their client was lean and tall, with the peaky face of an adolescent who was still growing.’
    pale, pasty-faced, pasty, wan, drained, washed out, drawn, pallid, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, whey-faced, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, grey, pinched, sickly, sallow, as white as a ghost, as white as a sheet, deathly pale, cadaverous, corpse-like, ill-looking, sickly-looking
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Origin

Early 19th century from peak+ -y.

Pronunciation

peaky

/?pi?ki/

Main meanings of peaky in English

: peaky1peaky2

peaky2

Translate peaky into Spanish

adjective

  • 1Having or resembling a peak or peaks.

    ‘beat the cream until soft and peaky’
    ‘a big peaky wave’
    1. 1.1Characterized by steep fluctuations in quantity or magnitude.
      ‘a great way for businesses to handle peaky demand patterns’
      changeable, changing, varying, shifting, fluctuating, irregular, wavering, vacillating, inconstant, inconsistent, fluid, floating, unsteady, uneven, unstable, unsettled, movable, mutable, protean, chameleonic, unfixed, fitful, capricious, temperamental, fickle, kaleidoscopic, volatile, unpredictable, undependable, unreliable
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Origin

Early 19th century from peak + -y.

Pronunciation

peaky

/?pi?ki/