- 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
Related Words for snoopspeep, intrude, detective, sleuth, meddler, rubberneck, eavesdropper, snooper, scout, gumshoe, pry, busybody, quidnunc, pragmatist, ferret, stare, spy, poke, peek, interfere
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Contemporary Examples of snoops
And is he concerned about NSA snoops tracking members of the group?Syrian Electronic Army Leader Says the Hacks Won’t Stop
August 14, 2013
The surge in applicants is pegged to fighting back against American snoops.Edward Snowden Inspires European Youths to Train as Spies
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 11, 2013
But in order to do so, Lindsay first snoops around on a mysticism and spells website.Lindsay Lohan's Early Crimes & Misdemeanors
Sujay Kumar, The Daily Beast Video
July 7, 2010
Historical Examples of snoops
- (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 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.