- 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
Examples from the Web for snooping
And they have no idea about the latest revelations of inappropriate NSA snooping.Senators Clueless About NSA Bombshell
July 7, 2014
Eventually Congress learned the NSA was also snooping on U.S. citizens through programs code named Minaret and Shamrock.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden
February 24, 2014
In other bipartisan news, President Obama fixes NSA snooping.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on SOTU, the Super Bowl and Nukes
P. J. O’Rourke
January 31, 2014
The technology itself is only about flying without pilots, not snooping from above.Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Drones
September 17, 2013
Harry is understandably keen to try to protect Cressida from snooping snappers.Is Prince Harry Going to Get Engaged?
August 28, 2013
You never can tell when Jeremiah is snooping about, and he's a telltale.The Cat in Grandfather's House
Carl Henry Grabo
Don't want any of that gang to come and find us snooping around.The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers
Claude A. Labelle
He did that by night, just in case patrol craft might be snooping around.Duel on Syrtis
Poul William Anderson
A snooping neighbor had noted the license of the car that had taken him away.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
I'd hate to have men coming into my kitchen, snooping around and criticizing.
- (intr; 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
Word Origin and History for snooping
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.