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verb (used without object)
  1. to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.

  1. an act or instance of snooping.

  2. a person who snoops.

  1. a private detective.

Origin of snoop

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

Other words from snoop

  • snooper, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use snoop in a sentence

  • He questioned me pretty sharply, too, but not from snifty-snoops like Mrs. Arthur.

    The Book of Susan | Lee Wilson Dodd

British Dictionary definitions for snoop


/ (snuːp) informal /

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

  1. a person who pries into the business of others

  2. an act or instance of snooping

Origin of snoop

C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively

Derived forms of snoop

  • snoopy, adjective

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