verb (used with object), es·pied, es·py·ing.
Origin of espy
Examples from the Web for espied
Then, as her eyes grew accustomed to the gloom, she espied Willem.The Return of Peter Grimm|David Belasco
Dulcie was frightened, for the ugly creature had espied his disturber and was coming towards her at a quick amble, sideways.The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy|Mabel Henriette Spielmann
Following his glance cityward they espied a broad dust-cloud floating off toward the river.Kincaid's Battery|George W. Cable
They espied his mule-litter at the door of an inn in a little village some ten miles beyond the foothills of the Bussaco range.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series|Rafael Sabatini
A small shelter for the look-out man: sometimes made with a cask, at the top-gallant mast-head of whalers, whence fish are espied.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for espied
verb -pies, -pying or -pied
Word Origin for espy
Word Origin and History for espied
early 13c., aspy, from Old French espier (12c., Modern French épier), from Vulgar Latin *spiare, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German spehon "to spy;" see spy). Related: Espied. For initial e-, see especial.