- a past participle and simple past tense of sneak.
- 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 snuck
War of the Worlds (1953) I snuck into a theatre with my older brother to see this one.Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies
October 30, 2014
Later on, in the recall phase, another set of similar objects ("lures") was snuck in.Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory
July 12, 2014
It's a nice surprise, then, that Lizzy Caplan snuck into the Best Actress race for her performance on Showtime's Masters of Sex.The Enraging Emmy Nominations: 20 Snubs and Surprises
July 10, 2014
But while McCartney was sipping a brandy, Lennon snuck up behind the future Sir Paul and clocked him on the back of the head.The Man Who Captured the Beatles Magic
June 16, 2014
The seeds of Strub's activism were sown as a child, when he snuck out of the house to watch May Day riots in Iowa City.Sean Strub: Sex, AIDS, Politics and Survival
January 27, 2014
Tammy met me a sniff from the dor and I snuck up and saw Calhan.Double Challenge
James Arthur Kjelgaard
After all, I had been where I was because I'd snuck out of school.Little Brother
Pretty soon she heard "Missus" call so she "snuck" out of the cornhouse.The Stronghold
She snuck up behind him and dropped a handful of gravel down the gap of his pants and into his underpants.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
But when she said, 'No Neal,' I snuck out and hid under de high-up carrigge seat and went along jus' de same.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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- mainly US and Canadian not standard a past tense and past participle of sneak
- (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 snuck
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.).