verb (used with object), es·pied, es·py·ing.
Origin of espy
Definition for espy (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for espy
But in 2003, Foxx hilariously sang a tribute to Serena Williams at the ESPY Awards.
Her blindness is the merest fable; she can espy her favourites long before they are born.The Way of All Flesh|Samuel Butler
They rode on rapidly, intending to go to the house and inquire for Espy.Stuyvesant|Jacob Abbott
I do think I espy about twenty yards ahead the fly agaric (Amanita muscaria).Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children|W. Houghton
She had heard of Espy, knew something of what had been the state of affairs between the lovers.Signing the Contract and What it Cost|Martha Finley
With my glass I could espy our forces at the top of the hill, pleased no doubt to see us coming to their support.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido|Henry Keppel
British Dictionary definitions for espy
verb -pies, -pying or -pied
Word Origin for espy
Word Origin and History for espy
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.