snoop

[ snoop ]
/ snup /
Informal.

verb (used without object)

to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.

noun

an act or instance of snooping.
a person who snoops.
a private detective.

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Origin of snoop

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

OTHER WORDS FROM snoop

snoop·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for snoops

snoop
/ (snuːp) informal /

verb

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

noun

a person who pries into the business of others
an act or instance of snooping

Derived forms of snoop

snoopy, adjective

Word Origin for snoop

C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively
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