double agent


a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it.
a spy in the service of two rival countries, companies, etc.

Origin of double agent

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for double agent

mole, plant, spy, counterspy

British Dictionary definitions for double agent

double agent


a spy employed by two mutually antagonistic countries, companies, etc
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Word Origin and History for double agent

1935, from double (adj.) + agent (n.).

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