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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneaknoun

    a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible

  2. prowler, sneak, stalkernoun

    someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions

  3. fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stool pigeon, stoolie, sneak, sneaker, canaryadjective

    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

  4. furtive, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitiousverb

    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

    "a furtive manner"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"

  5. sneak, mouse, creep, pussyfootverb

    to go stealthily or furtively

    "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"

  6. sneakverb

    put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner

    "sneak a look"; "sneak a cigarette"

  7. pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, liftverb

    make off with belongings of others

  8. slip, sneakverb

    pass on stealthily

    "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"


  1. sneaknoun

    A mean, sneaking fellow.

  2. sneaknoun

    An informer; a tell-tale; a grass.

  3. sneakverb

    To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen;

    to sneak away from company.

  4. sneakverb

    To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.

  5. sneakverb

    (informal, especially with on) To inform an authority about another's misdemeanours; to tell tales; to grass.

    If you sneak on me I'll bash you!

  6. sneaknoun

    One who sneaks; one who moves stealthily to acquire an item or information.

    My little brother is such a sneak; yesterday I caught him trying to look through my diary.

  7. sneaknoun

    A cheat; a con artist.

    Synonyms: con artist, trickster; see also Thesaurus:confidence trickster, Thesaurus:deceiver

  8. sneaknoun

    An informer; a tell-tale.

    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:informant

  9. sneaknoun

    A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter

  10. sneaknoun

    A sneaker; a tennis shoe.

    We would have been laughed off the street in Philadelphia if we were seen wearing sneaks. In the big city, the young population wore loafers or boots.

  11. Etymology: Possibly from Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), though the OED doubts this, or from Old English snīcan ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *snīkaną, which is related to the root of snake.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SNEAKverb

    Etymology: snican , Saxon; snige, Danish.

    Once the eagle, England, being in prey,
    To her unguarded nest the weazel, Scot,
    Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs. William Shakespeare.

    Sneak not away, sir; for the friar and you
    Must have a word anon: lay hold on him. William Shakespeare.

    Discover’d, and defeated of your prey,
    You skulk’d behind the fence, and sneak’d away. Dryden.

    I ought not to turn my back, and to sneak off in silence, and leave the truth to lie baffled, bleeding, and slain. Isaac Watts.

    He sneak’d into the grave,
    A monarch’s half and half a harlot’s slave. Dunciad.

    Are you all ready? Here’s your musick here:
    Author, sneak off; we’ll tickle you, my dear. Moore.

    I need salute no great man’s threshold, sneak to none of his friends to speak a good word for me to my conscience. South.

    Nothing can support minds drooping and sneaking, and inwardly reproaching them, from a sense of their own guilt, but to see others as bad. Robert South, Sermons.

    When int’rest calls off all her sneaking train,
    When all th’ oblig’d desert, and all the vain,
    She waits, or to the scaffold, or the cell,
    When the last ling’ring friend has bid farewel. Alexander Pope.

    Tom struts a soldier, open, bold, and brave;
    Will sneaks a scriv’ner, an exceeding knave. Alexander Pope.


  1. sneak

    A sneak refers to a person who acts in a dishonest or secretive manner, often intending to deceive or evade others. Alternatively, as a verb, 'sneak' means to move quietly or stealthily, often intending to avoid detection or to act without alerting others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sneakverb

    to creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; as, to sneak away from company

  2. Sneak

    to act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch

  3. Sneakverb

    to hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner

  4. Sneaknoun

    a mean, sneaking fellow

  5. Sneaknoun

    a ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; -- called also grub

  6. Etymology: [OE. sniken, AS. sncan to creep; akin to Dan. snige sig; cf. Icel. snkja to hanker after.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sneak

    snēk, v.i. to creep or steal away privately or meanly: to behave meanly.—v.t. (slang) to steal.—n. a mean, servile fellow: a mean thief.—ns. Sneak′-cup (Shak.), one who balks his glass: a cowardly, insidious scoundrel; Sneak′er.—adj. Sneak′ing, mean, crouching: secret, underhand, not openly avowed.—adv. Sneak′ingly.—ns. Sneak′ingness, Sneak′iness, the quality of being sneaking: meanness; Sneaks′by (obs.), a sneak.—adj. Sneak′y, somewhat sneaking. [A.S. snícan, to creep; Dan. snige. Cf. Snake.]

Anagrams for sneak »

  1. akens

  2. snake

  3. Snake

  4. skean

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sneak in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sneak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sneak in a Sentence

  1. Netflix Inc:

    Due to a technical glitch, some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak, he'll be back on Netflix on Feb. 27.

  2. Chris Lemanski:

    I was going through a pretty bad depression, i was kind of ready to give up and say the hell with it. The young man asked his cousin for advice on how to clear his head and he told him to take a long walk. Lemanski did just that. The traveler decided to make the journey in April 2016 after going through a period of depression. (Chris Lemanski ) In April 2016, Lemanski decided on the journey after looking up trails and saw one that went from Istanbul, Turkey to Portugal. The traveler said everything appeared to shift into place after he purchased a cheap ticket to Istanbul. Lemanski made the trek in 18 months, three of those months he was stuck in Morocco after he overstayed his visa for about three months. However, he was able to sneak out of the country and catch a boat to Germany where he continued his journey. As for how much money he spent in 18 months, Lemanski said he saved and people were generous.

  3. Daniel Lenihan:

    The biggest worry is of course the cancer diagnosis, but the cardiac disease issues can really sneak up and be a bigger problem.

  4. Josef Woodman:

    South Africa pioneered an approach of allowing patrons from Beverley Hills or London to sneak off for 'surgery and safari,' they could have a nose job and stay for 30 days.

  5. Auston Matthews:

    I just wanted to open his (goaltender Dominik Furch's) legs, go five-hole, i was able to sneak it in there, so it worked out.

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Translations for sneak

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  • التسللArabic
  • Kriecherin, Duckmäuser, Duckmäuserin, Kriecher, schleichenGerman
  • esconder, pillo, escabullir, moverse con sigiloSpanish
  • piileksiä, antaa ilmi, hämärämies, hiipiä, pihistää, näpistää, piilotella, piileskellä, laverrella, ilmiantaa, hiiviskellä, hiippailla, hiippari, hiippailijaFinnish
  • faucher, cacher, piquer, resquiller, masquer, planquer, dissimulerFrench
  • REPOLatin
  • wegsluipen, rondsluipen, sluipen, gluiperdDutch
  • snik, snikeNorwegian
  • a strecuraRomanian
  • ябедаRussian
  • smygaSwedish
  • แอบThai
  • trộmVietnamese
  • 潜行Chinese

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