verb (used without object), gum·shoed, gum·shoe·ing.
- to work as a detective.
- to go softly, as if wearing rubber shoes; move or act snoopily or stealthily.
Examples from the Web for gumshoe
Montalbán endowed his Catalan gumshoe with an equally impressive set of quirks that are aired and explored in each book.The Foodie Detective: The Pepe Carvalho Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán|Malcolm Forbes|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In some ways, The Hypnotist hews closer to the American gumshoe tradition.
The book on which I was doing all the gumshoe reporting, Godtalk, is now a time capsule.
But theres nothing I can do; Im in with Gumshoe worse than ever.
I had no business to write that thing in the first place; neither had Jimmie for that matter,—about Gumshoe or anybody else.
In the crowd there chanced to be one of that slick class of individuals known as gumshoe men.Droll Stories of Isthmian Life|Evelyn Saxton
Lets whoop her up for Gumshoe, and avoid any daffy questions about being quizzled by the Head.
The Gumshoe, as I have reason to know, can be uncommonly mean, but I dont believe for a minute that hes a sneak.