A quick glance at peak vs. peek vs. pique

Apparently some writers are not quite as sharp as they think, at least where peak, peek and pique are concerned.

peak is a sharp point, like the high spot in sales on a chart or a mountain summit.

To peek, however, is a quick, often secretive look at something, such as a sneak peek at a new film or peeking through the window.

Pique is a verb that means to grab your attention, as in pique your interest.

An easy way to remember the difference is peek with a double e is a verb while pique with an i involves getting your interest.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.