Definition of gumshoe in English:

gumshoe

Syllabification: gum·shoe
Pronunciation: /ˈgəmˌSHo͞o
 
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noun

North American informal
  • A detective.
    More example sentences
    • He wasn't the gumshoe, the private eye, the detective of the forties in the black and white noir.
    • As he slowly recovers, he imagines scenes from his first novel, The Singing Detective, with himself as the lead character, a gumshoe who croons on the side.
    • In a 1940s-style apartment befitting a film noir gumshoe, a Montreal private eye shows off a collection of futuristic gizmos spread over his kitchen table.

Origin

early 20th century: from gumshoes in the sense 'sneakers', suggesting stealth.

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