gumshoe

gumshoe

[guhm-shoo]
noun
1.
Slang. a detective.
2.
a shoe made of gum elastic or India rubber; rubber overshoe.
3.
sneaker ( def 1 ).
verb (used without object), gumshoed, gumshoeing.
4.
Slang.
a.
to work as a detective.
b.
to go softly, as if wearing rubber shoes; move or act snoopily or stealthily.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism; gum1 + shoe

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gumshoe (ˈɡʌmˌʃuː)
 
n
1.  a waterproof overshoe
2.  (US), (Canadian) a rubber-soled shoe
3.  slang (US), (Canadian) a detective or one who moves about stealthily
4.  slang (US), (Canadian) a stealthy action or movement
 
vb , -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed
5.  slang (US), (Canadian) (intr) to act stealthily

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gumshoe definition

[ˈgəmˈʃu]
  1. n.
    a policeman or a detective. (Underworld. Also a term of address. So named for wearing silent, gum-rubber soles.) : Has that gumshoe been around asking questions again?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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