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snoop

[snoop] /snup/ Informal.
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 of snoop
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; < Dutch snoepen to take and eat food on the sly
Related forms
snooper, noun
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  • The snooper was drifting aimlessly about, avoiding the parked vehicles.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • He sent the snooper ahead, tilting it to look down into the pit.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Anse turned the jeep into a side passage, and Conn recalled the snooper and sent it ahead.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Duke: I 'd nudge him off the cliff—jest like he were a sneakin' snooper.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • At length, the snooper emerged into a big cavern, swinging slowly to scan it.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • We feel, now, that the Jap snooper business late yesterday afternoon didn't do us any harm.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Mr. snooper had no sooner read the document than he uttered a piercing shriek and bit off a large chew of tobacco.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • The snooper was also transmitting in, to another screen, from two hundred feet above the village.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • He pointed at the snooper screen, which gave a view of the plaza from directly above.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for snooper

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

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 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

snookered

adjective

Swindled; cheated: snookered by the post office again

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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