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snoop

[snoop]Informal.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of snooping.
  2. a person who snoops.
  3. a private detective.
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Origin of snoop

1825–35, Americanism; < Dutch snoepen to take and eat food on the sly
Related formssnoop·er, noun
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  • Every time a photographer in this town takes her picture, he snoops around and gets one.

    In the Heart of a Fool

    William Allen White

  • I know you have not told her that we are going abroad, but you know she snoops around enough to have heard us talking.

    The Comings of Cousin Ann

    Emma Speed Sampson


British Dictionary definitions for snoops

snoop

verb
  1. (intr; often foll by about or around) to pry into the private business of others
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noun
  1. a person who pries into the business of others
  2. an act or instance of snooping
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Derived Formssnoopy, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Dutch snoepen to eat furtively
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Word Origin and History for snoops

snoop

v.

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.

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snoop

n.

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.

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