noun, plural spies.
verb (used without object), spied, spy·ing.
verb (used with object), spied, spy·ing.
Origin of spy
Related Words for spiedexamine, discover, snoop, scrutinize, case, sleuth, notice, glimpse, scout, trail, watch, spot, search, meddle, tail, observe, reconnoiter, shadow, pry, peep
Examples from the Web for spied
Contemporary Examples of spied
This is an agency that spied on the very committee investigating it and whose current director is an admitted liar.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
Biographer Jane Ridley has written of Edward VII, “He spied on Bertie, he whipped him, he treated him as a patient.”Kate and William’s Royal Family Values
September 22, 2014
Kim Kardashian We spied, with our little eyes, something that may not have been as curvy as it appeared.James Franco and More Celebrity Social Media Fails
April 5, 2014
She hurried in the direction from which the soldier was fleeing and spied a man in combat fatigues.How the Army Betrayed the Hero of Fort Hood
April 4, 2014
The last release of secret docs revealed the Security Service spied on Charlie Chaplin at the request of J Edgar Hoover's FBI.The Daily Beast Looks Ahead: February 24 - March 2
February 23, 2014
Historical Examples of spied
Are we to have our house occupied and to be spied upon also?The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
She spied an unoccupied seat, looked at her watch, and sat down.A Nest of Spies
“I have been wanting to know you ever since I first spied you this morning,” she beamed.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
I guess I was half crazy when I thought I had been spied out.
We deemed it a hunting tower from which water-fowl might be spied in the spring.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
noun plural spies
verb spies, spying or spied
Word Origin for spy
mid-13c., from Old French espier "to spy," probably from Frankish *spehon, from Proto-Germanic *spekh- (cf. Old High German *spehon "to look out for, scout, spy," German spähen "to spy," Middle Dutch spien), the Germanic survivals of the productive PIE root *spek- "to look" (see scope (n.1)).
mid-13c., "one who spies on another," From Old French espie, probably from a Germanic source (see spy (v.)).