[ snoop ]
/ snup /

verb (used without object)

to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.


an act or instance of snooping.
a person who snoops.
a private detective.

Nearby words

  1. snollygoster,
  2. snood,
  3. snook,
  4. snooker,
  5. snookums,
  6. snooper,
  7. snooperscope,
  8. snoopy,
  9. snoose,
  10. snoot

Origin of snoop

1825–35, Americanism; < Dutch snoepen to take and eat food on the sly

Related formssnoop·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snoop


/ (snuːp) informal /


(intr; often foll by about or around) to pry into the private business of others


a person who pries into the business of others
an act or instance of snooping
Derived Formssnoopy, adjective

Word Origin for snoop

C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively

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