As a noun, peak refers to a pointed end or the top of a hill or mountain. The verb peak means to reach a maximum, and the adjective peak means being at the maximum.
As both a noun and a verb, peek refers to a glance or brief look.
The noun pique refers to a sense of wounded pride. As a verb, pique means to excite, arouse, or irritate.
- "One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak." (G. K. Chesterton)
- A recession begins just after the economy reaches a peak of activity and ends as the economy reaches its trough.
- Fans got a peek at Eminem's life in the movie 8 Mile.
- She made the mistake of quitting her job in a fit of pique.
- Teaser commercials are intended to pique the curiosity of viewers.
(a) The paparazzi, joined by dozens of tourists, were trying to get a ____ at the wedding guests.
(b) Government officials responded with a touch of _____, a dash of perplexity, and a pinch of barely controlled anger.
(c) "Some words tug at the heart, some _____ the mind, and others are simply euphonious." (Grant Barrett)
(d) _____ load is the single hour of highest electricity use in the course of the year.
(e) Fervent pilgrims climb to the _____ of the holy mountain on their knees.