snoop

verb
\ ˈsnüp How to pronounce snoop (audio) \
snooped; snooping; snoops

Definition of snoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to look or pry especially in a sneaking or meddlesome manner

snoop

noun

Definition of snoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that snoops

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Other Words from snoop

Verb

snooper noun

Examples of snoop in a Sentence

Verb

She locks up her diary to keep her brother from snooping. Government agencies have been snooping on them for years. She doesn't want reporters snooping into her personal life.

Noun

No, I didn't read your e-mail. I'm no snoop. We had a snoop around their apartment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But this new model has its roots in the same big data and machine learning that’s allowed homeowners to get estimates of their homes’ value online (and snoop on that of their neighbors). oregonlive.com, "A slew of big real estate companies might soon be fighting to buy your house," 14 June 2019 Scott McDonald said the effort only gathered data, such as internet protocol addresses, and did not snoop on the content of emails or require a search warrant. CBS News, "Prosecutor removed from case of Navy SEAL charged with war crimes," 4 June 2019 That way, a company like GEDmatch could be sure the person uploading the data is uploading their own, and not snooping around to identify someone via their relatives. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Ancestry DNA databases can be used to find you — even if you don’t sign up," 12 Oct. 2018 There’s always a chance that another bug or an exploit in the system will allow the NSA, or other intelligence agencies, or increasingly prolific non-state actors, to snoop on you. Matthew Gault, The New Republic, "The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure," 12 June 2019 Hannah Alabama and Heather are snooping on Caelynn and Colton, and Hannah Alabama is not okay. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "An Ode to the Glasses of This Week's Episode of 'The Bachelor'," 22 Jan. 2019 When activated, the Sure View technology dramatically reduces the viewing angle, helping prevent wandering eyes from snooping on your PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP's EliteBook 800 G6 notebook series adds convenience, privacy features," 16 Apr. 2019 Photo: Simon Cooper/Zuma Press To be clear, there is not nearly as much to learn from watching a soccer practice as there is from snooping around a rival in the NFL or the NBA. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "On His Manager’s Secret Service: Espionage Comes to English Soccer," 15 Jan. 2019 To do so, HP started using premium materials to make its PCs more appealing and introduced technologies such as one that dims a laptop screen’s visible light when viewed from an angle, so nosy neighbors can’t snoop. Jay Greene, WSJ, "How HP Survives in a Shrinking PC Market," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This was made possible by the web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Denver Post, "Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 23 June 2019 This was made possible by the web's biggest snoop of all: Google. Anchorage Daily News, "Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 22 June 2019 This was made possible by the Web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Washington Post, "Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 21 June 2019 This was made possible by the web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 21 June 2019 Anti-tracking protection that keeps snoops from monitoring your location, shopping preferences and other information from your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals, and HomeKit Secure Video. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Apple backs up privacy chest-beating with critical new feature," 4 June 2019 The internet-wide push to encrypt more web traffic has resulted in a wave of safer, snoop-proof connections. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole," 13 June 2019 But as a panel of cybersecurity experts indicated in a congressional hearing Wednesday, there’s no easy way to detect the machines that malicious hackers and foreign snoops can use to secretly intercept calls and texts. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Cellphone spying has lawmakers worried. But they don't know how to stop it.," 28 June 2018 There are plenty of guides available on how to protect your data, how to secure yourself online, and how to stop digital snoops from tracking you across the web and then profiting from that intrusion. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of snoop

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snoop

Verb

Dutch snoepen to buy or eat on the sly; akin to Dutch snappen to snap

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The first known use of snoop was in 1832

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snoop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to look for private information about someone or something

snoop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snoop (Entry 2 of 2)

informal
: someone who looks for private information about someone or something : someone who snoops
: a secret look around a place

snoop

verb
\ ˈsnüp How to pronounce snoop (audio) \
snooped; snooping

Kids Definition of snoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look or search especially in a sneaking or nosy way

Other Words from snoop

snooper noun

snoop

noun

Kids Definition of snoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who looks or searches in a sneaky or nosy way

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