raree show


raree show

noun

  1. peep show.
  2. a carnival or street show; spectacle.

noun

  1. a street show or carnival
  2. another name for peepshow

“peep show contained in a box,” 1680s, so called “in imitation of the foreign way of pronouncing rare show” [Johnson]. “Johnson’s statement is prob. correct; the early exhibitors of peep-shows appear to have been usually Savoyards, from whom the form was no doubt adopted” [OED]. Early “peep shows” were more innocent than what usually was meant later by that word.

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