2. [Perh. A different word; cf. OE. Piren, LG. Piren. Cf. Pry to peep] To look narrowly or curiously or intently; to peep; as, the peering day. Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads. (Shak) As if through a dungeon grate he peered. (Coleridge)
Origin: OF. Parir, pareir equiv. To F. Paraitre to appear, L. Parere. Cf. Appear.