Definition of sleuth in English:

sleuth

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Pronunciation: /sluːθ
 
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informal

noun

A detective: they make MI5 look like a bunch of amateur sleuths
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  • 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.
Synonyms
North American informal private dick, dick, peeper, shamus, gumshoe
informal , dated hawkshaw, sherlock
North American dated Pinkerton

verb

[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.

Origin

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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