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snoop

Syllabification: snoop
Pronunciation: /sno͞op
 
/
informal

Definition of snoop in English:

verb

[no object]
Investigate or look around furtively in an attempt to find out something, especially information about someone’s private affairs: your sister might find the ring if she goes snooping around (as adjective snooping) snooping neighbors
More example sentences
  • The idea of the state snooping into the affairs of private citizens is anathema in a country which takes individual liberties seriously.
  • Protect your privacy and keep anyone from snooping into your information.
  • This is why she shouldn't be snooping in my private letters, for crying out loud!
Synonyms
pry into, inquire into/about, be inquisitive about/of, be curious about, poke about/around, be a busybody about, poke one's nose into;
interfere in/with, meddle in/with, intrude on
informal be nosy about
investigate, explore, search, nose, have a good look;
prowl around

noun

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1A furtive investigation: I could go back to her cottage and have another snoop
More example sentences
  • And if the neighbour dares to try and poke his nose in, pretending to wish me many happy returns when all he really wants is a good snoop around, he'll wish he hadn't.
Synonyms
search, nose, look, prowl, ferret, poke, investigation
1.1A person who furtively tries to find out information about someone’s private affairs.
Example sentences
  • Hiring a professional snoop is a good way to find out.
  • And, as usual, the law is unlikely to catch the professional snoop.
  • Those punish snoops who pry into someone else's private affairs, anyone who publicly discloses embarrassing private facts, and publicity that shows someone in a false light.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Dutch snœpen 'eat on the sly'.

Derivatives

snooper

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Curious and snoopy, we all watched as they both got out of their cars.
  • True the regime is snoopy and paranoid, but there is one perspective which should be taken into account by anybody who wants to start criticising them.
  • He is not a snoopy, self-righteous, trouble-making person.

snoopy

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Curious and snoopy, we all watched as they both got out of their cars.
  • True the regime is snoopy and paranoid, but there is one perspective which should be taken into account by anybody who wants to start criticising them.
  • He is not a snoopy, self-righteous, trouble-making person.
Synonyms

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