verb (used without object), sneaked or snuck, sneak·ing.
verb (used with object), sneaked or snuck, sneak·ing.
Origin of sneak
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|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It was a magical feeling, leaving daylight to sneak into a theater,” he says wistfully.
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|Marlow Stern|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Barbara Ragghianti|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She thought Alice a bit of a sneak, an opinion her brothers shared, and Gwen rather a snatch at meals.Ann Veronica|H. G. Wells
He will sneak along the edge of the pillow and rub his hands together in front of him, and then he's ready.A Melody in Silver|Keene Abbott
There were a few minutes of silence, and then the sneak came back and dropped into his chair.The Putnam Hall Cadets|Arthur M. Winfield
Sneak thieves and larger depredators found spoil on every hand.Peculiarities of American Cities|Willard Glazier
The one twit him with being a white-livered coward, the other consider him to be either a sneak or a "deep fellow."A Plea for the Criminal|James Leslie Allan Kayll
- a stealthy act or movement
- (as modifier)a sneak attack
Word Origin 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.).