gum·​shoe | \ ˈgəm-ˌshü How to pronounce gumshoe (audio) \

Definition of gumshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)


gumshoed; gumshoeing

Definition of gumshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in detective work

Examples of gumshoe in a Sentence

Noun the suspicious wife paid a gumshoe to follow her husband
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the series, Prioress does a lot more gumshoe investigating. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 The producer misplaces some of his music, and the player becomes a gumshoe on the case hunting for the lost tunes. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2021 Yes, that’s right, the emergence of self-driving cars has all the makings of being a kind of modern-day gumshoe that can be a devout crime fighter. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 May 2021 LaKeith Stanfield, an actor not particularly known for playing down-the-middle characters, was Craig’s straight-from-central-casting gumshoe. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 14 May 2021 The artwork introduces Cooper's new persona, a fedora-wearing gumshoe named Maurice Escargot. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 16 Mar. 2021 The Mystery of the Carnival Caper (1998) enabled me to live out my girl-gumshoe dreams. Drew Dakessian, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 The 70-year-old gumshoe reportedly cracked his head on the pavement outside his Haight-Ashbury home when muggers yanked a new camera from around his neck Thursday. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 31 Jan. 2021 Ultimately, the judge decided to keep the gumshoe locked up pending trial. Mario Ariza,, 8 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gumshoe


1913, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Gumshoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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