gumshoe


1gum·shoe

noun \ˈgəm-ˌshü\

: a person whose job is to find information about someone or something : a private detective

Full Definition of GUMSHOE

:  detective

Examples of GUMSHOE

  1. <the suspicious wife paid a gumshoe to follow her husband>

First Known Use of GUMSHOE

1913

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith

2gumshoe

verb
gum·shoedgum·shoe·ing

Definition of GUMSHOE

intransitive verb
:  to engage in detective work

First Known Use of GUMSHOE

1930

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