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snoop

[snoop] /snup/
verb (used without object)
1.
to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.
noun
2.
an act or instance of snooping.
3.
a person who snoops.
4.
a private detective.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; < Dutch snoepen to take and eat food on the sly
Related forms
snooper, noun
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Examples from the web for snoop
  • To him, she's a spy on a reconnaissance trip, a stealthy snoop sent to search for monetary clues.
  • By the light of the night when it all seems all right--that would be the best time to snoop around.
  • Well if you snoop around her site a little you will find that she has others available, all different, all really cool looking.
  • The other guys are snooping on you, so you'd better snoop on them.
  • Some lawmakers opposed strengthening police powers to snoop.
  • But journalists and think-tanks should have them, to browse and crunch and snoop.
  • It gives civilian and military authorities sweeping powers to arrest, suppress and snoop on citizens.
  • If it were true that a leading politician had asked a top spy to snoop on his rival, that would be serious enough.
British Dictionary definitions for snoop

snoop

/snuːp/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to pry into the private business of others
noun
2.
a person who pries into the business of others
3.
an act or instance of snooping
Derived Forms
snoopy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively
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Word Origin and History for snoop
v.

1832, "to go around in a prying manner," American English, probably from Dutch snoepen "to pry," also "eat in secret, eat sweets, sneak," probably related to snappen "to bite, snatch" (see snap (v.)). Specific meaning "to pry into other people's business" is attested from 1921. Related: Snooped; snooping.

n.

1891, "act of snooping," from snoop (v.). Meaning "one who snoops" is from 1929; meaning "detective" is from 1942. snooper "one who pries or peeps" is from 1889.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snoop

snoop

noun

A detective: Private snoop, hunh?

[ultimately fr Dutch snoepen, ''pry'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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