[snoop] Informal.
verb (used without object)
to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.
an act or instance of snooping.
a person who snoops.
a private detective.

1825–35, Americanism; < Dutch snoepen to take and eat food on the sly

snooper, noun Unabridged
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snoop (snuːp)
1.  (intr; often foll by about or around) to pry into the private business of others
2.  a person who pries into the business of others
3.  an act or instance of snooping
[C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively]

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Word Origin & History

1832, "to go around in a prying manner," Amer.Eng., "to appropriate," probably from Du. snoepen "to pry," also "eat in secret, eat sweets, sneak," probably related to snappen "to bite, snatch" (see snap). Specific meaning "to pry into other people's business" is attested from
1921. The noun meaning "detective" is recorded from 1891. Snoopy (adj.) first recorded 1895.
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Example sentences
To him, she's a spy on a reconnaissance trip, a stealthy snoop sent to search for monetary clues.
But journalists and think-tanks should have them, to browse and crunch and snoop.
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.
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