sneak

[sneek]
verb (used without object), sneaked or snuck, sneaking.
1.
to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk.
2.
to act in a furtive or underhand way.
3.
British Informal. to tattle; inform.
verb (used with object), sneaked or snuck, sneaking.
4.
to move, put, pass, etc., in a stealthy or furtive manner: He sneaked the gun into his pocket.
5.
to do, take, or enjoy hurriedly or surreptitiously: to sneak a cigarette.
noun
6.
a sneaking, underhand, or contemptible person.
7.
Informal. a stealthy or furtive departure.
8.
British Informal. tattletale; informer.
9.
sneaker ( def 1 ).
10.
Informal. a sneak preview.
11.
Cards. the lead of a singleton in a suit other than the trump suit, as in whist.

Origin:
1590–1600; variant of Middle English sniken, Old English snīcan to creep; cognate with Old Norse snīkja to hanker after


1. steal. See lurk.


First recorded in writing toward the end of the 19th century in the United States, snuck has become in recent decades a standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak: Bored by the lecture, he snuck out the side door. Snuck occurs frequently in fiction and in journalistic writing as well as on radio and television: In the darkness the sloop had snuck around the headland, out of firing range. It is not so common in highly formal or belletristic writing, where sneaked is more likely to occur. Snuck is the only spoken past tense and past participle for many younger and middle-aged persons of all educational levels in the U. S. and Canada. Snuck has occasionally been considered nonstandard, but it is so widely used by professional writers and educated speakers that it can no longer be so regarded.
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sneak (sniːk)
 
vb
1.  (intr; often foll by along, off, in, etc) to move furtively
2.  (intr) to behave in a cowardly or underhand manner
3.  (tr) to bring, take, or put stealthily
4.  informal chiefly (Brit) (intr) to tell tales (esp in schools)
5.  informal (tr) to steal
6.  informal (intr; foll by off, out, away, etc) to leave unobtrusively
 
n
7.  a person who acts in an underhand or cowardly manner, esp as an informer
8.  a.  a stealthy act or movement
 b.  (as modifier): a sneak attack
9.  informal (Brit) an unobtrusive departure
 
[Old English snīcan to creep; from Old Norse snīkja to hanker after]
 
'sneaky
 
adj
 
'sneakily
 
adv
 
'sneakiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

sneak
1560 (implied in sneakish), perhaps from some dial. survival of M.E. sniken "to creep, crawl," related to O.E. snican "to desire, reach for sneakily," from P.Gmc. *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake (q.v.). The noun meaning "a sneaking person" is first recorded
1643. Sneak-thief first recorded 1859; sneak-preview is from 1938. Sneaky Pete "cheap liquor" is from 1949.
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Slang Dictionary

sneak definition


  1. n.
    a sneak preview of a movie. : There was a good sneak at the Granada last night.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Sneak through a city and stealthily cut the throats of your political enemies.
They now needed to sneak a club trick to make the contract.
Then allow the reader a sneak peek of what's to come.
Set your alarms early for the next few days to sneak a peek at a stargazing
  spectacle.
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