snoop

verb
\ˈsnüp \
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

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), representing Carpenter, said a warrant would provide protection against unjustified government snooping. CBS News, "Supreme Court decides police generally need a warrant to track cell phones," 22 June 2018 The Annenberg study is not the first survey on Americans’ responses to snooping. New York Times, "Creepy or Not? Your Privacy Concerns Probably Reflect Your Politics," 30 Apr. 2018 In the pre-Trump era, the group stopped short of snooping for dirt beyond publicly available documents or clips. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "What Hurts a Political Opponent in the Age of Trump?," 20 May 2018 Neither country trusts the equipment made by the other, particularly after Edward Snowden disclosed how United States intelligence officials turned to American companies to snoop. New York Times, "All About ZTE, the Chinese Sanctions Breaker That Trump Wants to Help," 14 May 2018 Last week, the former NFL tight end was arrested in San Diego on suspicion of burglary after he was reportedly seen snooping around a trailer park. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "A Week After Being Arrested in a Trailer Park, Kellen Winslow Jr. Is Arrested Again on Charges of Kidnapping and Rape," 15 June 2018 Scruggs snooped around the Internet for more video of the store and includes those scenes alongside her own. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Uncle Fun, the beloved Lakeview novelty shop, gets its own documentary," 7 June 2018 Although the consequences for co-worker snooping may ordinarily come from issue to the employer, in the healthcare setting, federal law also has a say. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "HIPAA laws cracking down on co-worker snooping," 3 July 2018 Four years after the team leadership banned reporters for snooping on closed training sessions in Brazil, the latest prying took place in open training. Washington Post, "After lineup photographed, England urges media to help team," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Security experts suggest keeping type small to foil phone snoops. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Forget the Hackers, Watch Out for the Phone Snoopers Over Your Shoulder," 9 May 2018 Skeptics wonder if the convenience of being able to manage a thermostat remotely or turn off lights automatically is worth the risk of a hacker repurposing the gadgets or snoops learning your household habits. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "IOTAS, Intel-backed Portland startup, brings the digital home to thousands of apartments," 27 Apr. 2018 Consider using plug-ins like Privacy Badger or HTTPS Everywhere to block tracking or keep your activity safer from snoops. Caroline Knorr, CNN, "13 simple ways to protect your family's data," 2 Apr. 2018 Click here to learn the steps to secure your microphone from snoops. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 free software programs that work just as well as the paid versions," 9 Mar. 2018 Researchers recently discovered that the app lacks the basic encryption needed to keep your swipes, as well as your photos and matches, hidden from online snoops nearby, Wired reports. Emily Price, Fortune, "Researchers Say Tinder's Limited Encryption Makes It Ripe for Hackers," 23 Jan. 2018 Be a beauty snoop.. check out what celebs like Sharon Stone and Serena Williams have stashed in their bags. Marie Claire, "What's In Their Beauty Bags?," 6 Oct. 2017

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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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More Definitions for snoop

snoop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look for private information about someone or something

snoop

noun

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

: someone who looks for private information about someone or something : someone who snoops

: a secret look around a place

snoop

verb
\ˈsnüp \
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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