espy

[ih-spahy]
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Origin of espy

1175–1225; Middle English espyen < Old French espierGermanic; compare German spähen to spy
Related formsun·es·pied, adjective

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Related Words for espied

notice, detect, watch, spot, discover, see, observe, glimpse, sight, view, find, discern

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British Dictionary definitions for espied

espy

verb -pies, -pying or -pied
  1. (tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detectto espy a ship on the horizon
Derived Formsespier, noun

Word Origin for espy

C14: from Old French espier to spy, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for espied

espy

v.

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.

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espied in Science

Espy

[ĕspē]James Pollard 1785-1860
  1. American meteorologist who is credited with the first correct explanation of the role heat plays in cloud formation and growth. His use of the telegraph in relaying meteorological observations and tracking storms laid the foundation for modern weather forecasting.
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