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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"

Wiktionary

  1. sneak(Noun)

    A mean, sneaking fellow.

    Etymology: From Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snican ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake.

  2. sneak(Noun)

    An informer; a tell-tale; a grass.

    Etymology: From Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snican ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake.

  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.

    Etymology: From Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snican ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake.

  4. sneak(Verb)

    To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.

    Etymology: From Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snican ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake.

  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!

    Etymology: From Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snican ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake.

  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.

    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 .

  7. sneak(Noun)

    A cheat; a con artist.

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

    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 .

  8. sneak(Noun)

    An informer; a tell-tale.

    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:informant

    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 .

  9. sneak(Noun)

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

    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 .

  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.

    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 .

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

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

  2. Sneak

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

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

  3. Sneak(verb)

    to hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner

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

  4. Sneak(noun)

    a mean, sneaking fellow

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

  5. Sneak(noun)

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

    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, Snake

  3. Snake

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Numerology

  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. Purvi Parikh:

    Most deaths from asthma come from uncontrolled asthma. Make sure your asthma is always well controlled by having your child on the correct preventative medications. Seeing an asthma specialist such as pulmonologist or allergist can also help, signs of uncontrolled asthma can sneak up on you, so be sure to know the symptoms of it : waking up at night, using your quick relief inhaler more than twice a week, needing oral or injected steroids one to two times per year, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath -- all of these are signs your asthma is not controlled.

  2. Christina Tosi:

    Sometimes, brown-butter Rice Krispie Treats sneak in and try to start trying to pull me out of quiet ‘me time,’ it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it happens. I believe that there’s plenty of time for any and every relationship that I might need or want to feed in a day, as long as I set realistic expectations, communicate and forgive myself when I fall short.

  3. Bill Lilly:

    This didnt need to happen, i couldve avoided it, but we couldve had help in avoiding this thing, too, because we werent trying to sneak anything by anyone. We were just trying to give the kid the option we thought he had, and now he doesnt have it.

  4. T.R. Threston:

    Social climbers are a bit like rats. You know you should avoid them, but, somehow one or two manage to sneak into your life anyhow.

  5. Clark Stacey:

    Making content is fun, kids can tell if you work for them, or if you work 'for the man.' If [the latter], kids see right through it. If it’s about fun first, then you can sneak in the good stuff.

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Translations for sneak

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  • التسللArabic
  • 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
  • REPOLatin
  • wegsluipen, gluiperd, sluipen, rondsluipenDutch
  • snike, snikNorwegian
  • a strecuraRomanian
  • ябедаRussian
  • smygaSwedish
  • trộmVietnamese
  • 潜行Chinese

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