- sneak thief,
- sneaky pete,
Origin of sneaking
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 sneaking
And I have a sneaking suspicion that you're not being all that helpful with health care implementation.A U.S. Thanksgiving—Family Style: Fractious but Friendly|Joshua DuBois|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Instead, may we suggest pulling a Ferris Bueller and sneaking out for a day on the town?How to Play Hooky at the G20 Summit: A Guide to St. Petersburg|Nina Strochlic|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After sneaking through a tunnel, the mark emerges in an alleyway.‘Shadow Dancer’ Explores Post-Thatcher’s London During the Troubles|Marlow Stern|May 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Prince Charles seems to be making a habit out of sneaking surprisingly candid announcements out on his new website.Prince Charles's Latest Online Announcement: Let Me Get Started|Tom Sykes|November 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But all that sneaking around and whispers about a love child certainly kept things interesting for a time.A Crying Toddler Viral Video Reflects Cranky, Exhausting Election|Michelle Cottle|November 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And he did come out, by far the most sneaking object for miles around on the Big Plains.
And on the other hand, that it is the very saviour of that portion of mankind who have a sneaking fondness for play.Secret Band of Brothers|Jonathan Harrington Green
Believes herself to have a sneaking kindness for Hickman: and why.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
You are a sneaking little prig, and Im going to make it my business to let every girl in school know it.Marjorie Dean, High School Junior|Pauline Lester
Here I'm askin' ye if ye've see that hound Phil Larrabee sneaking by yer today?Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
- 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.).