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[snoop] /snup/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.
an act or instance of snooping.
a person who snoops.
a private detective.
Origin of snoop
1825-35, Americanism; < Dutch snoepen to take and eat food on the sly
Related forms
snooper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snooped
Historical Examples
  • Fred told about he an' Gus campin' by the river, an' I snooped up that way.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • She would have snooped; I didn't; that's the only generic difference.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • The workmen who had been engaged for work at the Grange had been snooped for work at the Hall.

    The Hall and the Grange Archibald Marshall
  • We snooped all around the trunk room and rummaged in every box big enough to hold a dwarf.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • Dozens of stoop-shouldered laboratory men would have prodded and snooped and asked for long, written accounts.

  • Of the five tapes they now knew had been snooped, three would be useless to the enemy.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • We found that we had snooped around much the same places in the East End of London.

British Dictionary definitions for snooped


(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to pry into the private business of others
a person who pries into the business of others
an act or instance of snooping
Derived Forms
snoopy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively
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Word Origin and History for snooped



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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snooped



A detective: Private snoop, hunh?

[ultimately fr Dutch snoepen, ''pry'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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