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Synonyms and Antonyms of detective

  1. a person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons <the code used by the serial killer in his letters to the police was actually cracked by an amateur detective> Synonyms dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw, investigator, operative, private detective, private eye, private investigator, shamus [slang], sherlock, sleuth, sleuthhound Related Words shadow, tail, tracer, tracker; fed, Federal, G-man, narc (or nark) [slang], plainclothesman

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