noun, plural spies.
verb (used without object), spied, spy·ing.
verb (used with object), spied, spy·ing.
Origin of spy
Related Words for spyingsurveillance, espionage, observing, prying, bugging, voyeurism, espial, following, wiretapping
Examples from the Web for spying
Contemporary Examples of spying
Trust us, the Obama administration said, about spying on Americans and restarting the economy through “shovel-ready” programs.The Sane Case for Auditing the Fed
October 2, 2014
The rebels suspected that Budik, a Georgian citizen, might be spying for a foreign intelligence service.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire
September 11, 2014
Here is a photo that quite possibly captured a young Putin spying on President Reagan in 1988.How the Actor Donatas Banionis Inspired Vladimir Putin to Become a Spy
September 5, 2014
The spying scandal ripping Germany and the U.S. apart has deep roots.One Big Reason The CIA Spied on Germany: Worries About Russian Moles in Berlin
July 12, 2014
A number of things bother me about the latest revelations about CIA spying in Germany.The CIA in Germany: A Secret History
July 10, 2014
Historical Examples of spying
That's the only incentive you can suggest for spying, unconnected with my affairs?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I congratulate you on the success of your first attempt at spying.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
I suppose Tris Penrose has been spying me and telling tales to father and you.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
She passed quickly by, so as not to seem to be spying on them.L'Assommoir
Whereupon I turned to the spying friar and said; 'Hand me your robe and cowl.'Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
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.)).