verb (used without object)
Origin of snoop
Related Words for snooperdetective, rubberneck, meddler, sleuth, eavesdropper, scout, gumshoe, pry, busybody, quidnunc, pragmatist, ferret, prier, pryer
Examples from the Web for snooper
Contemporary Examples of snooper
Are your habits safe from even that most everyday of snooper?Covering Your Online Porn Tracks
Thomas E. Weber
December 6, 2010
Historical Examples of snooper
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
Word Origin for snoop
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.