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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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British Dictionary definitions for snooper

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

snooper

/ˈsnuːpə/
noun
1.
a person who snoops
2.
(Brit, informal) a person employed by the DSS to spy on claimants to make sure that they are not infringing the conditions of their eligibility for benefit
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Word Origin and History for snooper

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 snooper

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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