Definition of sleuth in English:
- The sleuth is usually an amateur or a consulting detective.
- For years, the discovery was kept a strict secret until the amateur sleuths who uncovered the bodies officially announced their grisly find in 1991.
- But in the meantime, if any amateur or professional sleuths are inclined to start digging, they might find some very interesting answers.
verb[no object] (often as noun sleuthing) Back to top
- 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.
- 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.
A sleuth was first a sleuth-hound, a type of bloodhound employed in medieval Scotland for pursuing game or tracking fugitives. A tracker or detective has been a sleuth-hound since the mid 19th century, and shortly after that in the USA a simple sleuth. The word sleuth itself derives from Scandinavian, and its earliest meaning was ‘the track or trail of a person or animal’.
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