- 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 about (as adjective snooping) snooping neighboursMore example sentences
pry, enquire impertinently, be inquisitive (about), enquire, do some detective work; be curious, poke about/around, mind someone else's business, be a busybody, nose into, stick/poke one's nose in/into; interfere (in/with), meddle (in/with), intrude (on)• informal be nosy (about), nosyAustralian/New Zealand • informal stickybeakrummage in, search, delve into, peer into, prowl around, nose around/about/round, have a good look at
- 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!
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- 1A furtive investigation: I could go back to her cottage and have another snoop
- 1.1A person who furtively tries to find out information about someone’s private affairs: I start talking without admitting that I’m a professional snoopMore 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.
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eavesdropper, pryer, interferer, meddler, busybody; investigative journalist; investigator, detective, private detective, private investigator, operative; British enquiry agentAustralian/New Zealand • informal stickybeak• informal , • dated hawkshaw, sherlockNorth American • dated Pinkerton
- 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.
mid 19th century: from Dutch snœpen 'eat on the sly'.