- a detective.
- a bloodhound, a dog used for tracking.
- to track or trail, as a detective.
Origin of sleuth
Examples from the Web for sleuthing
Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went home and did some sleuthing.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve
September 23, 2014
In the beginning of the film, Veronica has washed her hands [of sleuthing].Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
December 18, 2013
For the reader, however, the sleuthing Scannon does is the point.Will These Men Ever Come Home? The Search for Missing WWII Pilots in “Vanished”
Jordan Michael Smith
November 14, 2013
Reddit's attempt at sleuthing seems to have fallen very, very flat.Amateur Hour
April 19, 2013
After some Internet sleuthing, The Daily Beast tracked down the culprit: 31-year old Milwaukee filmmaker Mike Stoklasa.Star Wars YouTube Battle
December 28, 2009
“No future for you in this sleuthing business,” commented the old man tersely.'Me-Smith'
But what is there to be sleuthing about in this sleepy little town of Sunnyside?The Seven Sleuths' Club
She did not want to be seen by 65 that other sleuthing person.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O
She and Chub spent every minute they could sleuthing the office as he called it.Joan of the Journal
Helen Diehl Olds
“I may want to call on you for some sleuthing,” explained Mary Louise.The Mystery of the Fires
- (tr) to track or follow
Word Origin and History for sleuthing
c.1200, "track or trail of a person," from Old Norse sloð "trail," of uncertain origin. Meaning "detective" is 1872, shortening of sleuth-hound "keen investigator" (1849), a figurative use of a word that dates back to late 14c. meaning a kind of bloodhound. The verb (intransitive) meaning "to act as a detective, investigate" is recorded from 1905. Related: Sleuthed; sleuthing.