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

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 Open-plan offices offer few pleasures; one of them is snooping on other people’s browsing habits. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News," 8 Aug. 2019 And eradicating cash, an anonymous payment method, for a digital system could let governments snoop on people’s shopping habits and private titans exploit their personal data. The Economist, "Rich countries must start planning for a cashless future," 1 Aug. 2019 Alonzo knows that Veronica was snooping around his hotel room. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Hulu's Veronica Mars revival binge recap for every episode," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 This was made possible by the web's biggest snoop of all: Google. Anchorage Daily News, "Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 22 June 2019 This was made possible by the Web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Washington Post, "Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.," 21 June 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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The first known use of snoop was in 1832

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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

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