- to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk.
- to act in a furtive or underhand way.
- British Informal. to tattle; inform.
- to move, put, pass, etc., in a stealthy or furtive manner: He sneaked the gun into his pocket.
- to do, take, or enjoy hurriedly or surreptitiously: to sneak a cigarette.
Origin of sneak
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Examples from the Web for sneak
Rick suggests a Woodbury-esque sneak attack on the hospital and lays out a meticulous strategy relying heavily on timing and luck.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
“It was a magical feeling, leaving daylight to sneak into a theater,” he says wistfully.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
Check out a sneak peek of one of the most anticipated films of the year.Exclusive: Watch a Clip From ‘Birdman,’ Featuring an Award-Worthy Turn by Michael Keaton
October 1, 2014
The easily concealable and muted weapon would allow him to sneak up on his victims and get away afterward to kill again.The Loser Who Wanted to Be the ISIS Agent Next Door
September 18, 2014
Expect them to give a sneak peek of the new restaurant with a couple of star-studded and very exclusive parties this week.Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week
September 3, 2014
"A sneak always lies well," he replied, as he sneered at Lanning.Way of the Lawless
He may think he can sneak around because you're a woman and stall you.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
You're afraid of my making you split upon some of your babbling just now, are you, Sneak?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
You cannot help thinking that the sneak would be a tyrant, if he had the opportunity.
Best way would be to try and sneak in, and not shout they were coming.The Law-Breakers
- (intr; often foll by along, off, in, etc) to move furtively
- (intr) to behave in a cowardly or underhand manner
- (tr) to bring, take, or put stealthily
- (intr) informal, mainly British to tell tales (esp in schools)
- (tr) informal to steal
- (intr; foll by off, out, away, etc) informal to leave unobtrusively
- a person who acts in an underhand or cowardly manner, esp as an informer
- a stealthy act or movement
- (as modifier)a sneak attack
- British informal an unobtrusive departure
Word Origin and History for sneak
1550s (implied in sneakish), perhaps from some dialectal survival of Middle English sniken "to creep, crawl" (c.1200), related to Old English snican "to sneak along, creep, crawl," from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake (n.). Of feelings, suspicions, etc., from 1748. Transitive sense, "to partake of surreptitiously" is from 1883. Related: Sneaking. Sneak-thief first recorded 1859; sneak-preview is from 1938.
"a sneaking person; mean, contemptible fellow," 1640s, from sneak (v.).