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sleuth

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noun \ˈslüth\

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Examples of sleuth in a Sentence

  1. the popular TV sleuth lives a much more action-packed life than do his real-world counterparts

Origin and Etymology of sleuth

short for sleuthhound


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sleuth

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Definition of sleuth

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act as a detective :  search for information

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to search for and discover

Did You Know?

They were the footprints of a gigantic hound! Those canine tracks in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles set the great Sherlock Holmes sleuthing on the trail of a murderer. It was a case of art imitating etymology. When Middle English speakers first borrowed sleuth from Old Norse, the term referred to "the track of an animal or person." In Scotland, a sleuthhound was a bloodhound used to hunt game or track down fugitives from justice. In 19th century U.S. English, sleuthhound became an epithet for a detective and was soon shortened to sleuth. From there, it was only a short leap to turning sleuth into a verb describing what a sleuth does.

First Known Use of sleuth

1900


SLEUTH Defined for English Language Learners

sleuth

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Definition of sleuth for English Language Learners

  • : someone who looks for information to solve crimes



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