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Is ‘snuck’ a real word?

Snuck as the past tense form of the verb ‘sneak’ is considered to be a real word chiefly used in North American English.

The origin of the word ‘sneak’ itself is somewhat mysterious. Although it appears in a similar form in Old English and other early Germanic languages, it [first?] appears in its modern form in the works of English playwrights (such as Shakespeare) around 1600.

The past tense and past participle most commonly used for this verb is sneaked, as in:

The thief sneaked in through the backdoor.  

However, the form snuck has found its way into use despite having no precedent amongst other verbs ending in –eak (creak, squeak, leak, etc.).

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