su·​per·​spy ˌsü-pər-ˈspī How to pronounce superspy (audio)
plural superspies
: a spy who is extremely skillful and clever
… the movie's shadowy Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division, made up of superspies who keep the peace behind the scenes.James Poniewozik

Examples of superspy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starring opposite Steve Carell in a big-screen reboot of the 1960s TV series, Hathaway plays Agent 99, a highly competent superspy paired with… well, the admittedly less competent but extraordinarily lucky Maxwell Smart (Carell). Chris Bellamy and Stephanie Kaloi,, 2 May 2024 The show itself, which also features a superspy platypus, maintains this sense of optimism and humor throughout. Ew Staff,, 15 Apr. 2024 With its left-of-center pop culture references and embrace of alternative comedians (Pamela Adlon shows up as an aged high school student; Paul F. Tompkins guest stars as an international superspy with something to prove), the series plays almost like a junior version of 30 Rock. Declan Gallagher,, 17 Aug. 2023 With Gadot’s Rachel as a superspy out to save the world, the movie is a degraded descendant of the Bond thrillers. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 10 Aug. 2023 If superspy thrills aren't your jam, no worries: Ben Platt and Molly Gordon play over-the-top drama teachers at a struggling theater camp in a new comedy, while Laura Linney, Kathy Bates and Maggie Smith star in a heartwarming drama set in 1960s Ireland. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 In the seventh film in the franchise – a spinoff of the TV show from the 1960s and '70s – the A-lister's superspy Ethan Hunt returns for another world-saving adventure, this time facing a new digital supervillain. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 For his part, Cruise has once again cranked the superspy dial up to 11. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 11 July 2023 The extended clip showcased the meticulous planning and execution of a sequence in which Tom Cruise as superspy Ethan Hunt drives a motorcycle off a cliff and plunges 4,000 feet into a ravine, separating from the bike and BASE jumping the final 500 feet to the ground. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superspy was in 1915

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“Superspy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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