sleuth

[ slooth ]
/ sluθ /

noun

a detective.
a bloodhound, a dog used for tracking.

verb (used with or without object)

to track or trail, as a detective.

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Origin of sleuth

First recorded in 1875–80; short for sleuthhound

OTHER WORDS FROM sleuth

sleuth·like, adjectivesu·per·sleuth, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sleuth

sleuth
/ (sluːθ) /

noun

an informal word for detective

verb

(tr) to track or follow

Word Origin for sleuth

C19: short for sleuthhound, from C12 sleuth trail, from Old Norse sloth; see slot ²
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