Definition of sleuth in English:


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Pronunciation: /sluːθ



[no object] (often as noun sleuthing) Back to top  
  • 1Carry out a search or investigation in the manner of a detective: scientists began their genetic sleuthing for honey mushrooms four years ago
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    • Les Vasey used to be a top Bradford policeman, sleuthing out villains, but since his retirement ten years ago his target has been the rise in sexually transmitted diseases.
    • Isabel, morally obliged to act, starts sleuthing.
    • In New York there's sleuthing for clues about a woman with long black hair and a frantic discussion of what might have happened to her.
  • 1.1 [with object] dated Investigate (someone or something): I am not sleuthing you
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    • It's the tale of two contemporary literary academics sleuthing their way into a long lost love affair, and is utterly laden with coincidence.
    • But my mother and I, an unbeatable cross-country sleuthing duo, put a stop to the madness in less than two hours.
    • In reality it was not merely because a certain police detective was a racist and enjoyed sleuthing a popular boxer.


Middle English (originally in the sense 'track', in sleuth-hound): from Old Norse slóth; compare with slot2. Current senses date from the late 19th century.

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