a detective. investigator, private investigator; private eye, gumshoe, shamus.
a bloodhound, a dog used for tracking.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to track or trail, as a detective.

1875–80; short for sleuthhound

sleuthlike, adjective
supersleuth, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sleuth (sluːθ)
1.  an informal word for detective
2.  short for sleuthhound
3.  (tr) to track or follow
[C19: short for sleuthhound, from C12 sleuth trail, from Old Norse sloth; see slot²]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "track or trail of a person," from O.N. sloð "trail," of uncertain origin. Meaning "detective" is 1872, shortening of sleuthhound "keen investigator" (1849), a figurative use of a word for a kind of bloodhound that dates back to late 14c. The verb (intrans.) meaning "to act as a detective,
investigate" is recorded from 1912.
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Example sentences
Play a sleuth with your portrait detective and historian guides.
Each series is easily identifiable, and finding a missing piece satisfies every buyer's inner sleuth.
Often, identifying the rampart in satellite images requires a degree of sleuth work.
Judging by what happens here the plight of a romantically inclined sleuth is not precisely enviable.
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