- 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
Examples from the Web for snooper
Are your habits safe from even that most everyday of snooper?Covering Your Online Porn Tracks
Thomas E. Weber
December 6, 2010
The snooper was drifting aimlessly about, avoiding the parked vehicles.
He sent the snooper ahead, tilting it to look down into the pit.
Suddenly, one of them saw the snooper, gave a yell, and fired at it with a rifle.
Duke: I 'd nudge him off the cliff—jest like he were a sneakin' snooper.Wappin' Wharf
Charles S. Brooks
He pointed at the snooper screen, which gave a view of the plaza from directly above.Naudsonce
H. Beam Piper
- 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
- (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
Word Origin and History for snooper
1832, "to go around in a prying manner," American English, probably from Dutch snoepen "to pry," also "eat in secret, eat sweets, sneak," probably related to snappen "to bite, snatch" (see snap (v.)). Specific meaning "to pry into other people's business" is attested from 1921. Related: Snooped; snooping.
1891, "act of snooping," from snoop (v.). Meaning "one who snoops" is from 1929; meaning "detective" is from 1942. snooper "one who pries or peeps" is from 1889.