[ 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.

Origin of snoop

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

Related forms

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

Examples from the Web for snooper

British Dictionary definitions for snooper (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsnuːpə) /


a person who snoops
British informal a person employed by the DSS to spy on claimants to make sure that they are not infringing the conditions of their eligibility for benefit

British Dictionary definitions for snooper (2 of 2)


/ (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 Forms

snoopy, adjective

Word Origin for snoop

C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively
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