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snooped; snooping; snoops

intransitive verb

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


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: one that snoops

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
When showing Elsbeth Leonard’s apartment, Joanne correctly accuses Elsbeth of snooping and shoots down her queries about her access to Gloria’s apartment. Sophie Brookover, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2024 Enlarge Getty Images Researchers have devised an attack against nearly all virtual private network applications that forces them to send and receive some or all traffic outside of the encrypted tunnel designed to protect it from snooping or tampering. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 6 May 2024
TikTok, meanwhile, has denied that Chinese authorities can access American users’ data, snoop on their smartphones or sway voters’ political views. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 And a feature called Track Cleaner wipes away tracks and traces of your computer and internet use, to foil snoops. PCMAG, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for snoop 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined above


circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snoop was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Snoop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to look or search especially in a sneaking or meddlesome manner
snooper noun


2 of 2 noun
: one that snoops

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