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

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Science turned to gumshoe investigating as law enforcement whittled down suspects. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "The first step in finding Golden State Killer suspect: Finding his great-great-great-grandparents on genealogy site," 28 Apr. 2018 To weed it out, elite operatives hunt in the shadows, deploying drones, social-media and old-fashioned gumshoe tactics in a quest to thwart spies and traitors. Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times, "Imagine ‘Homeland,’ if all the heroes were Iranian. That’s ‘Gando,’ must-see TV in Iran," 19 July 2019 Photo: iStock/Getty Images The fun and games ended Sept. 7 when gumshoes from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education showed up. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Play-Date Police," 16 Nov. 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 But behind this legal machine are often bizarre court cases full of petty criminals, old-fashioned gumshoe detectives, and... robots who want civil rights. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Bay Area: Join us 6/13 to discuss the past, present, and future of tech law," 11 June 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018

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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

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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