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sleuth

[slooth] /sluθ/
noun
2.
a bloodhound, a dog used for tracking.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to track or trail, as a detective.
Origin of sleuth
1875-1880
1875-80; short for sleuthhound
Related forms
sleuthlike, adjective
supersleuth, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sleuthing

sleuth

/sluːθ/
noun
1.
an informal word for detective
2.
short for sleuthhound (sense 1)
verb
3.
(transitive) to track or follow
Word Origin
C19: short for sleuthhound, from C12 sleuth trail, from Old Norse sloth; see slot²
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Word Origin and History for sleuthing

sleuth

n.

c.1200, "track or trail of a person," from Old Norse sloð "trail," of uncertain origin. Meaning "detective" is 1872, shortening of sleuth-hound "keen investigator" (1849), a figurative use of a word that dates back to late 14c. meaning a kind of bloodhound. The verb (intransitive) meaning "to act as a detective, investigate" is recorded from 1905. Related: Sleuthed; sleuthing.

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