Peak, Peek, and Pique

These three homophones are easy to confuse, and frequently peak is mistakenly substituted for peek and pique. Pay special attention when you use these words to make sure you choose the correct spelling. Also note that each of these words has multiple forms (all of them have noun and verb forms). Peak is the highest point or to reach the maximum. Peek is a secretive or brief look. Pique is resentment, pride, a type of fabric, or to arouse interest.
  • The climbers reached the peak of the mountain.
  • I peeked into the bag when she wasn’t looking.
  • Your provocative statements have piqued my interest.
  • His popularity peaked in the 80s.
  • With my curiosity piqued, I peeked into the cave that was near the peak of the hill.