- to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk.
- to act in a furtive or underhand way.
- British Informal. to tattle; inform.
- 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.
Origin of sneak
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Examples from the Web for sneaked
One winter night, Posho Wembore sneaked into the exclusive whites-only club of the Hotel Pourquoi Pas?‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
So we sneaked The Matrix and the movie they gave us after was 10 Things I Hate About You.Joseph Gordon-Levitt on ‘Sin City’ and Why He Considers Himself a Male Feminist
August 14, 2014
In his speech, the handsome Cranston said his first visit to Broadway was in 1977 to see Hair; he sneaked into the second act.
Somehow they strung together three wins in their conference tournament and sneaked into the Big Dance.The March Madness Teams to Cheer If Yours Got Bounced
March 16, 2014
They sneaked into the garage claiming it was public property and accosted her.Inside Katie Holmes’s New Life
July 5, 2012
Must have been a coyote in here that sneaked off with your trousers, unless you have 'em on.Way of the Lawless
After they had sneaked off Wahb came down and returned to the Piney.The Biography of a Grizzly
There wasn't any, and he sneaked out again and went to bed—so Pete told me this morning.
He sneaked in just before I closed the office last night, and asked for a telegram.
I'll bet 'twas Kenelm; he'd sneaked over to get the umbrella.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (intr; often foll by along, off, in, etc) to move furtively
- (intr) to behave in a cowardly or underhand manner
- (tr) to bring, take, or put stealthily
- (intr) informal, mainly British to tell tales (esp in schools)
- (tr) informal to steal
- (intr; foll by off, out, away, etc) informal to leave unobtrusively
- a person who acts in an underhand or cowardly manner, esp as an informer
- a stealthy act or movement
- (as modifier)a sneak attack
- British informal an unobtrusive departure
Word Origin and History for sneaked
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.).