gumshoe

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

Definition of gumshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

gumshoe

verb
gumshoed; gumshoeing

Definition of gumshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in detective work

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Examples of gumshoe in a Sentence

Noun the suspicious wife paid a gumshoe to follow her husband
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The artwork introduces Cooper's new persona, a fedora-wearing gumshoe named Maurice Escargot. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "From 'Love it to Death' to 'Detroit Stories': The best Alice Cooper albums ranked," 16 Mar. 2021 The Mystery of the Carnival Caper (1998) enabled me to live out my girl-gumshoe dreams. Drew Dakessian, Wired, "The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist," 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, "Suspect arrested for attacking Bill Clinton's former private detective Jack Palladino," 31 Jan. 2021 Ultimately, the judge decided to keep the gumshoe locked up pending trial. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Private eye swindles millions from Boca Raton woman, prosecutors say," 8 Dec. 2020 An amateur gumshoe, following the woozy clinking of the out-of-tune jingle, caught up with him near a park in Cobble Hill. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "When the Ice-Cream Man Goes Rogue," 24 Aug. 2020 McCloskey is Paul Drake in a world of CSI, a gumshoe investigator without a lab. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Washington Post, "Taking on the hardest cases — without DNA — and setting the innocent free," 7 Aug. 2020 Bertin and Forbes ditch most of the gumshoes, sending just a pair of them (Pauline, jut-jawed Brennan) on a fresh and equally loopy adventure. New York Times, "In These Elegant Comics, Love and Darkness Collide," 14 Feb. 2020 Mystery games give everyday gumshoes an opportunity to practice their sleuthing, or evade capture by role-playing the suspect. Popular Science, "Fun mystery games to help solve your boredom," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of gumshoe

Noun

1913, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gumshoe was in 1913

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“Gumshoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gumshoe. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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gumshoe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gumshoe

US, informal + old-fashioned : a person whose job is to find information about someone or something : a private detective

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