Dozens of stoop-shouldered laboratory men would have prodded and snooped and asked for long, written accounts.
Fred told about he an' Gus campin' by the river, an' I snooped up that way.
She would have snooped; I didn't; that's the only generic difference.
The workmen who had been engaged for work at the Grange had been snooped for work at the Hall.
Of the five tapes they now knew had been snooped, three would be useless to the enemy.
We snooped all around the trunk room and rummaged in every box big enough to hold a dwarf.
We found that we had snooped around much the same places in the East End of London.
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.
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.
A detective: Private snoop, hunh?
[ultimately fr Dutch snoepen, ''pry'']