SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), es·pied, es·py·ing. to see at a distance; catch sight of. Origin of espy 1175–1225; Middle English espyen < Old French espier ≪ Germanic; compare German spähen to spy Related forms un·es·pied, adjective noun James Pol·lard , [ pol-erd] /ˈpɒl ərd/ 1785–1860, U.S. meteorologist.
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If danger lay there I could not
espy it nor detect its presence.
There were no tall trees near behind which we could run should he
As soon as we were outside the door, whom should we
espy there, in the large hall, just at the entrance?
I've lodged them with the Capuchins, where not even a prying sunbeam can
“I should like to buy the squirrel, if
Espy will sell him,” said Phonny. British Dictionary definitions for espy verb -pies, -pying or -pied (tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detect to espy a ship on the horizon Derived Forms espier, noun Word Origin for espy
C14: from Old French
espier to spy, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for espy v.
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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Espy [ĕs ′pē] James Pollard 1785-1860 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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