verb (used with or without object)
Origin of sleuth
Examples from the Web for sleuth
If only there were some massive government apparatus available to us to sift through the metadata and sleuth these fakers out.PS 4 Beats Xbox One For Best New Video Game Console|Winston Ross|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Some firms charge several thousands of dollars per hour for the sleuth work of a team of six to eight investigators.
[Styleite] On the DL: Kate Bosworth was sleuth in announcing her engagement to actor Michael Polish.Lady Gaga Covers Vogue With RuPaul Hair; Kate Bosworth Engaged|The Daily Beast|August 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“Apana once climbed up walls like a pre-Spiderman sleuth and slipped into an opium dive,” writes Huang.
That sleuth is Peter Darwin—no relation to Charles, thanks kindly.
Back in a darkened corner of the drawing-room of the rearmost sleeper the sleuth snored with both eyes and ears open.The Last Spike|Cy Warman
Not likely, after you and your sleuth hounds had been over the ground!Simon|J. Storer Clouston
Why, returned Sleuth instantly, I just said I came round to make you a little call.
The preacher was as "one-ideaed" as a sleuth hound in pursuit of his quarry.Into the Highways and Hedges|F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
Here, yeou better let Sleuth slaughter the language that fashion, grinned Crane.
British Dictionary definitions for sleuth
Word Origin for sleuth
Word Origin and History for sleuth
c.1200, "track or trail of a person," from Old Norse sloð "trail," of uncertain origin. Meaning "detective" is 1872, shortening of sleuth-hound "keen investigator" (1849), a figurative use of a word that dates back to late 14c. meaning a kind of bloodhound. The verb (intransitive) meaning "to act as a detective, investigate" is recorded from 1905. Related: Sleuthed; sleuthing.