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[snuhk] /snʌk/
a past participle and simple past tense of sneak.
Usage note
See sneak.


[sneek] /snik/
verb (used without object), sneaked or snuck, sneaking.
to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk.
to act in a furtive or underhand way.
British Informal. to tattle; inform.
verb (used with object), sneaked or snuck, sneaking.
to move, put, pass, etc., in a stealthy or furtive manner:
He sneaked the gun into his pocket.
to do, take, or enjoy hurriedly or surreptitiously:
to sneak a cigarette.
a sneaking, underhand, or contemptible person.
Informal. a stealthy or furtive departure.
British Informal. tattletale; informer.
sneaker (def 1).
Informal. a sneak preview.
Cards. the lead of a singleton in a suit other than the trump suit, as in whist.
Origin of sneak
1590-1600; variant of Middle English sniken, Old English snīcan to creep; cognate with Old Norse snīkja to hanker after
1. steal. See lurk.
Usage note
First recorded in writing toward the end of the 19th century in the United States, snuck has become in recent decades a standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak: Bored by the lecture, he snuck out the side door. Snuck occurs frequently in fiction and in journalistic writing as well as on radio and television: In the darkness the sloop had snuck around the headland, out of firing range. It is not so common in highly formal or belletristic writing, where sneaked is more likely to occur. Snuck is the only spoken past tense and past participle for many younger and middle-aged persons of all educational levels in the U. S. and Canada. Snuck has occasionally been considered nonstandard, but it is so widely used by professional writers and educated speakers that it can no longer be so regarded. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snuck
  • Truth be told, he might have snuck his leg in there.
  • She was warning off another leopard seal that had snuck behind me.
  • The doctor snuck out because he did not want to continue coming up with reasons why he could not operate.
  • These new life forms, not knowing any better, snuck in to take advantage of prime uninhabited real estate.
  • Less than a half-hour into the symphony the couple sheepishly snuck out.
  • Some guys would have snuck home, humiliated, and called in sick.
  • Imports began growing in the sixties imported oil snuck up on us to sting us in the oil embargo of the early seventies.
  • He drew his pistol, snuck up behind the president, took aim and fired.
  • So the foxes snuck up on the wolf and quickly tore out his throat.
  • He describes the development of snuck as a past tense of sneak in detail and without negative comment.
British Dictionary definitions for snuck


(mainly US & Canadian, not standard) a past tense and past participle of sneak


(intransitive; often foll by along, off, in, etc) to move furtively
(intransitive) to behave in a cowardly or underhand manner
(transitive) to bring, take, or put stealthily
(intransitive) (informal, mainly Brit) to tell tales (esp in schools)
(transitive) (informal) to steal
(intransitive; foll by off, out, away, etc) (informal) to leave unobtrusively
a person who acts in an underhand or cowardly manner, esp as an informer
  1. a stealthy act or movement
  2. (as modifier): a sneak attack
(Brit, informal) an unobtrusive departure
Derived Forms
sneaky, adjective
sneakily, adverb
sneakiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English snīcan to creep; from Old Norse snīkja to hanker after
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Word Origin and History for snuck



1550s (implied in sneakish), perhaps from some dialectal survival of Middle English sniken "to creep, crawl" (c.1200), related to Old English snican "to sneak along, creep, crawl," from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake (n.). Of feelings, suspicions, etc., from 1748. Transitive sense, "to partake of surreptitiously" is from 1883. Related: Sneaking. Sneak-thief first recorded 1859; sneak-preview is from 1938.


"a sneaking person; mean, contemptible fellow," 1640s, from sneak (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for snuck

snazz something up

verb phrase

To make something smarter and more elegant; enhance; gussy up: and snazzes them up with applique´s/ Install a new loo, or snazz up your current water closet (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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