Grammar Guide: Sneak Peak vs. Sneak Peek

Knowing when to use sneak peek or sneak peak in a sentence can be a challenge. The two phrases sound nearly identical when spoken out loud, but have very different meanings.

Sneak Peek
In order to understand the correct situation in which to use the phrase sneak peek or sneak peak, the first thing one must do is have a clear understanding of what each phrase means. The phrase sneak peek means an opportunity to see something before it is officially available.

Sneak Peak
The phrase sneak peak has a different meaning. Sneak peak is defined as the pointed top of a mountain that moves or goes in a furtive or stealthy manner.

a sneak peak

Grammar Rules for Sneak Peak and Sneak Peek
Now that we have the two definitions, how do we know which phrase to use? Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

  1. As a general rule, if you're talking about a mountain, plateau, or hill, you're going to want to use "sneak peak."

    Example: Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's largest free-standing mountain, is hardly a sneak peak – you'll see it coming.
  2. If you're referring to a preview of something that will be released in less than two months, you should use "sneak peek." (The rules get a little hazy if the release date is in the distant future.)

    Example: Here's a sneak peek of the blog post that I'm publishing tomorrow. It's about my seventeen cats!
  3. "Sneek peek" is never the right choice.

    Example: Billy is such a dumb kid. He wrote "sneek peek" on his science fair report. Hahaha!

If you need more help or want to do some practice exercises using sneak peak and sneak peek, the following websites might help: