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

There’s always a chance that another bug or an exploit in the system will allow the NSA, or other intelligence agencies, or increasingly prolific non-state actors, to snoop on you. Matthew Gault, The New Republic, "The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure," 12 June 2019 Hannah Alabama and Heather are snooping on Caelynn and Colton, and Hannah Alabama is not okay. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "An Ode to the Glasses of This Week's Episode of 'The Bachelor'," 22 Jan. 2019 When activated, the Sure View technology dramatically reduces the viewing angle, helping prevent wandering eyes from snooping on your PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP's EliteBook 800 G6 notebook series adds convenience, privacy features," 16 Apr. 2019 Photo: Simon Cooper/Zuma Press To be clear, there is not nearly as much to learn from watching a soccer practice as there is from snooping around a rival in the NFL or the NBA. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "On His Manager’s Secret Service: Espionage Comes to English Soccer," 15 Jan. 2019 To do so, HP started using premium materials to make its PCs more appealing and introduced technologies such as one that dims a laptop screen’s visible light when viewed from an angle, so nosy neighbors can’t snoop. Jay Greene, WSJ, "How HP Survives in a Shrinking PC Market," 21 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The internet-wide push to encrypt more web traffic has resulted in a wave of safer, snoop-proof connections. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole," 13 June 2019 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

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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 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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