noun, plural spies.
verb (used without object), spied, spy·ing.
verb (used with object), spied, spy·ing.
Origin of spy
Examples from the Web for spies
Contemporary Examples of spies
Current and former intelligence officials have said North Korea has long been a priority target for American spies.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
American spies have detailed dossiers on the North Koreans who the U.S. says were behind the Sony attack.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
The U.S. got a relatively good deal—three Cuban spies were returned to their country in the swap.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
Gross and an unnamed American intelligence agent were freed Wednesday in exchange for three Cuban spies.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
U.S. spies are worried the long-awaited Senate review will paint targets on their backs.CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies
Shane Harris, Kimberly Dozier
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of spies
Perhaps he thought of Rahab who hid the spies, and received a commendation for it.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
He probably has a large body of spies and scouts working under him.
I must be active in order to cope with the enemy's own scouts and spies.
But if they come in here do we want to stay and be arrested for English spies?The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
He then looked out for a post card from the spies, appointing a rendezvous.A Nest of Spies
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.)).