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sleuth

[ slooth ]
/ sluθ /
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Definition of sleuth

noun
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

sleuthlike, 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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