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Saturday, February 05, 2000

Definitions for espy

  1. To catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; to discover, as a distant object partly concealed, or not obvious to notice; to see at a glance; to discern unexpectedly; to spy; as, to espy land; to espy a man in a crowd.

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Citations for espy
The seamen espied a rock within half a cable's length of the ship. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
They espy no trouble in that. John Lukacs, A Thread of Years
Origin of espy
1175-1225
Espy is from Old French espier, to watch, ultimately of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German spehon. The act of espying is espial.