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 Their malware disguised itself as a legitimate update from SolarWinds and, in turn, allowed hackers to snoop on network traffic while flying completely under the radar. Andy Meek, BGR, "SolarWinds 2.0? Feds investigate hack that could impact thousands of companies," 17 Apr. 2021 The regulators also worry that Facebook might stop rivals like Snapchat and TikTok from accessing Giphy’s library of content, or use Giphy’s integration with other apps to harvest data from their users and snoop on the competition. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "UK regulators accused Facebook of monopolizing the world’s supply of GIFs," 26 Mar. 2021 Rather than use the access to Verkada’s systems to snoop for weeks or months on its clients, Kottmann contacted a journalist shortly after the breach, and the company cut off the hacker’s access. Corinne Gretler, Fortune, "In Switzerland, police raided Verkada hacker’s house for an offense from last year," 13 Mar. 2021 All seems well, but later Georgia decides to snoop in Maddie's phone while she's passed out. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Ginny & Georgia Season 1," 3 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Clarice takes advantage of the confusion to snoop around the compound. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, "Clarice Recap: To Live and Die in Tennessee," 18 Feb. 2021 The result was that hackers could snoop on a company’s network all while appearing as legitimate traffic. William Turton, Bloomberg.com, "Hackers Used Obscure Texas IT Vendor to Attack U.S. Agencies," 14 Dec. 2020 Some holiday gifts are more festive than others, while those that snoop on their users could be seen as decidedly less so. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Creepy gifts: Toys that spy on kids and coffee makers that track your habits," 20 Nov. 2020 The ship's possible missions could have included tailing new Soviet subs and surface warships to learn their unique underwater acoustic signatures, and sneaking up close to the Soviet coastline to snoop on military communications. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Staggeringly Quiet Sub Changed the Navy Forever. Now, It's All Scrap.," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Palladino was a private eye — a snoop who could dig up a crucial witness or piece of evidence or follow a money trail to clear or convict a defendant at trial. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: She escaped the Camp Fire, but not the aftermath," 2 Feb. 2021 That gives a hacker or a snoop ample opportunity to get his or her hands on your data. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Tech security tip: How to delete private data for good," 3 Oct. 2020 Miss Butterworth is an elderly snoop who pays intense attention to the goings-on in her neighborhood. Anna Katharine Green, Star Tribune, "Quarantine read: 'That Affair Next Door'," 25 Sep. 2020 The system involves every phone constantly broadcasting Bluetooth codes, but limits any snoop's ability to eavesdrop on those codes to track a person's movements by switching up the numbers every 10 or 15 minutes. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Does Covid-19 Contact Tracing Pose a Privacy Risk? Your Questions, Answered," 17 Apr. 2020 Today, the app’s 1.6 billion users can talk, text, and video chat without fear of snoops. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "The best tech of the last decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Tap or click for 5 quick and easy ways to stop snoops in their tracks. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 digital signs that your significant other is cheating," 31 Oct. 2019 But Betty, junior FBI agent, snoops in Donna’s room and finds Chipping’s Quill & Skull tie pin. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The “Riverdale” Thanksgiving Brought All the Feels — and an Exploding Turkey," 21 Nov. 2019 In some cases, a snoop could use free software programs — or just a typical web browser — to view the images and private data, an investigation by ProPublica and the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk found. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek.," 17 Sep. 2012

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Snoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snoop. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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