noun, plural spies.
verb (used without object), spied, spy·ing.
verb (used with object), spied, spy·ing.
- spuyten duyvil creek,
- spy on,
- spy out,
- spy wednesday,
Origin of spy
Examples from the Web for spying
Trust us, the Obama administration said, about spying on Americans and restarting the economy through “shovel-ready” programs.
The rebels suspected that Budik, a Georgian citizen, might be spying for a foreign intelligence service.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire|Anna Nemtsova|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eli Lake|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A number of things bother me about the latest revelations about CIA spying in Germany.
It was a shock to know that at last there was something which could make her afraid of Mrs. Bogart's spying.Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
"But all this spying and suspicion among the Turks make the next order the more necessary," he said, when Mitsos had finished.The Vintage|Edward Frederic Benson
Only the quick wink of his eye reassures me of his interest, and gives warning of the spying guard.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
It was like the curious peeping of which the knight had been guilty, spying through the keyhole upon his wife, Undine.Sleep Walking and Moon Walking|Isidor Isaak Sadger
I halted quickly and waited—yet almost ashamed of myself for spying thus.Hushed Up|William Le Queux
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.)).