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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Trump administration supposedly decided not to rebuke its ally for attempting to snoop. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Investors Clamor for Cloudflare IPO, Despite Controversies—Cyber Saturday," 14 Sep. 2019 To do this, a hacker would need access to the victim’s encrypted emails — for example, by snooping on network traffic or otherwise compromising email accounts. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw," 15 May 2018 How to stop Amazon from snooping on you as browse the Web on your computer? Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Prime Day promo: Amazon will pay you $10 for more data collection," 16 July 2019 The regime still has truckloads of electronic kit for snooping and censoring, much of it bought from China. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 Huawei has come under pressure from the Trump administration, which says the Chinese government could use the company's equipment for snooping. Michael Scaturro, CNN, "Nokia is taking advantage of Huawei's 5G pain," 25 July 2019 The next day, the same company detected three more apps that were also intended for snooping. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "These 7 Apps Are Android Stalkerware," 18 July 2019 Or Paramount chairman Brad Grey, who allegedly hired a private eye, Tony Pellicano, to snoop on a producer, without pausing to think someone might find out? Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Les Moonves, Kevin Tsujihara and the Art of Hollywood Self-Sabotage," 23 Aug. 2019 Last year, the Human Rights Watch accused the country of snooping on gay men. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "This Tunisian lawyer is hoping to be the country's first openly gay president," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Nohl noted, snoops have long had a variety of ways to track the location of many cellular devices. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers are exploiting a platform-agnostic flaw to track mobile phone locations," 12 Sep. 2019 Lapena’s menacing suspense thriller traces the consequences — including murder — when a teenager in suburban New York breaks into his neighbors’ homes and snoops through the secrets on their computers. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Ernest Hemingway to the Baby-Sitters Club," 13 Aug. 2019 There are many other tricks for keeping our personal data away from snoops and hackers. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 digital privacy tricks you’ll wish you knew before now," 18 July 2019 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 First, the titular snoop probably won’t be texting threats to teens’ Motorola RAZR flip-phones. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Gossip Girl Creator Says Reboot Won’t Follow Kids of Original Characters: ‘We Ain’t That Old!’," 26 July 2019 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. 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. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Denver Post, "Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 23 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'snoop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about snoop

Statistics for snoop

Last Updated

12 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for snoop

The first known use of snoop was in 1832

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for snoop

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on snoop

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with snoop

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for snoop

Spanish Central: Translation of snoop

Nglish: Translation of snoop for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of snoop for Arabic Speakers

Comments on snoop

What made you want to look up snoop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!