snoops

snoop

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

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

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snoop
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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snoop definition


  1. in.
    to prowl around looking for something. : What are you snooping around here for?
  2. n.
    someone who prowls around looking for something. : Fred is just a snoop. He went through my desk!
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SNOOPS definition


Craske, 1988. An extension of SCOOPS with meta-objects that can redirect messages to other objects. "SNOOPS: An Object-Oriented language Enhancement Supporting Dynamic Program Reeconfiguration", N. Craske, SIGPLAN Notices 26(10): 53-62 (Oct 1991).

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