What does sneak mean?

Definitions for sneak

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sneak.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneak(noun)

    a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible

  2. prowler, sneak, stalker(noun)

    someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions

  3. fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stool pigeon, stoolie, sneak, sneaker, canary(adj)

    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

  4. furtive, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious(verb)

    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, pussyfoot(verb)

    to go stealthily or furtively

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

  6. sneak(verb)

    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, lift(verb)

    make off with belongings of others

  8. slip, sneak(verb)

    pass on stealthily

    "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"


  1. sneak(Noun)

    A mean, sneaking fellow.

  2. sneak(Noun)

    An informer; a tell-tale; a grass.

  3. sneak(Verb)

    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. sneak(Verb)

    To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.

  5. sneak(Verb)

    (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. sneak(Noun)

    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. sneak(Noun)

    A cheat; a con artist.

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

  8. sneak(Noun)

    An informer; a tell-tale.

    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:informant

  9. sneak(Noun)

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

  10. sneak(Noun)

    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. Origin: 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 .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sneak(verb)

    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. Sneak(verb)

    to hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner

  4. Sneak(noun)

    a mean, sneaking fellow

  5. Sneak(noun)

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

  6. Origin: [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, Snake

  3. Snake

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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. Aaron Foss:

    Nothing is protecting voice and text, so all the criminals sneak in.

  2. Johnny Carson:

    I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.

  3. Maggie Lagle:

    It was a pretty big deal for him to sneak the club-head and golf balls into space!

  4. Curt Simmons:

    Throwing a fastball to Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster.

  5. Louis Aronne:

    This shows that the highly desired foods can be a part of a diet if we sneak them in there.

Images & Illustrations of sneak

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Translations for sneak

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  • Kriecherin, Duckmäuser, schleichen, Duckmäuserin, KriecherGerman
  • moverse con sigilo, esconder, pillo, escabullirSpanish
  • ilmiantaa, hiippari, hiippailija, hiippailla, hiiviskellä, laverrella, piileksiä, antaa ilmi, hämärämies, hiipiä, pihistää, näpistää, piilotella, piileskelläFinnish
  • piquer, resquiller, dissimuler, masquer, faucher, cacher, planquerFrench
  • wegsluipen, gluiperd, sluipen, rondsluipenDutch
  • snike, snikNorwegian
  • a strecuraRomanian
  • ябедаRussian
  • smygaSwedish
  • trộmVietnamese

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