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

There could also be ideological concerns, with U.S. companies often preferring to protect data from government snooping except in extreme cases. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "New India Tech Rules Could Face Pushback from U.S. Firms," 28 Dec. 2018 Everything would change when a snooping neighbor, upon learning that Willi was harboring an escaped prisoner, reported him to the Gestapo. Julia Boyd, WSJ, "Five Best: Julia Boyd on Memoirs About Nazi Germany," 30 Aug. 2018 As the antagonist of Kwan’s novel, Eleanor is more clearly a shallow adversary who spends much of her time scheming against Rachel, and snooping through her family details. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How Crazy Rich Asians turns a traditional Asian rom-com trope into a modern statement," 18 Aug. 2018 Later, back in Natalie’s room, Adora finds Camille and scolds her for snooping in the daughter’s room. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 2," 16 July 2018 Critics have long assailed Aadhaar, calling it a case of government overreach that could lead to snooping on citizens, and saying that keeping such data in one location provides a tantalizing target for hackers. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "India’s Top Court Rules Massive Biometric Identity Database Legal—With Restrictions," 26 Sep. 2018 The snooping wares affect both Android and iOS users, as well as those who installed Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox extensions, according to a blog post published Tuesday by AdGuard, a developer of ad blockers and privacy tools. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Snoopware installed by 11 million+ iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox users," 25 July 2018 Later stories, including those in The Washington Post, disclosed other snooping and how U.S. and British spy agencies had accessed information from cables carrying the world’s telephone and internet traffic. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "US expects fallout from Snowden leaks for years to come," 3 June 2018 American officials say the company could be compelled by Beijing to use its knowledge of its components to snoop on or disrupt telecommunications networks. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Washington Asks Allies to Drop Huawei," 23 Nov. 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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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 \
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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