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 those requests were just a tiny fraction of the orders prosecutors secure annually to stealthily snoop through the data of ordinary users like Lackey. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 The grandmother carves wooden animals and scatters them around the forest, to be absorbed into its dark corners, and leads her young charge on an expedition to snoop around a neighbor’s ungainly new house, which blocks their view of the horizon. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 As part of the collection of data, China did not hesitate to snoop on its own citizens and extract unauthorized information. Jianli Yang, National Review, 14 July 2021 One proposal to go after taxpayers who skip out on income taxes initially had potential bipartisan appeal, but now is being lambasted by the outside groups as a way to enable the IRS to snoop around Americans’ personal finances. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, 14 July 2021 Our hypothetical oil company should snoop around its various offices for ongoing opportunities. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Their malware disguised itself as a legitimate update from SolarWinds and, in turn, allowed hackers to snoop on network traffic while flying completely under the radar. Andy Meek, BGR, 17 Apr. 2021 The regulators also worry that Facebook might stop rivals like Snapchat and TikTok from accessing Giphy’s library of content, or use Giphy’s integration with other apps to harvest data from their users and snoop on the competition. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 26 Mar. 2021 Rather than use the access to Verkada’s systems to snoop for weeks or months on its clients, Kottmann contacted a journalist shortly after the breach, and the company cut off the hacker’s access. Corinne Gretler, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first is a snoop named Miriam Lewis, who lives on an adjacent houseboat. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021 The snoop has now seen the entire message, spying it in all its glory and while in plaintext. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Palladino was a private eye — a snoop who could dig up a crucial witness or piece of evidence or follow a money trail to clear or convict a defendant at trial. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2021 That gives a hacker or a snoop ample opportunity to get his or her hands on your data. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2020 Miss Butterworth is an elderly snoop who pays intense attention to the goings-on in her neighborhood. Anna Katharine Green, Star Tribune, 25 Sep. 2020 The system involves every phone constantly broadcasting Bluetooth codes, but limits any snoop's ability to eavesdrop on those codes to track a person's movements by switching up the numbers every 10 or 15 minutes. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 17 Apr. 2020 Today, the app’s 1.6 billion users can talk, text, and video chat without fear of snoops. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 27 Dec. 2019 Tap or click for 5 quick and easy ways to stop snoops in their tracks. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2019

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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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“Snoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snoop. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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