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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"

Wiktionary

  1. sneaknoun

    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. sneaknoun

    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. 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.

    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. sneakverb

    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. 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!

    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. 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.

    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. sneaknoun

    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. sneaknoun

    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. sneaknoun

    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. 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.

    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. 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

    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. Sneakverb

    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. Sneaknoun

    a mean, sneaking fellow

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

  5. Sneaknoun

    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. Robert Yawger:

    It can sneak up on you and bite you on the butt if you don't know what you're doing.

  2. Netflix Inc:

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

  3. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee:

    What's really happening here is that Washington politicians are using the crisis in Flint as an excuse to funnel taxpayer money to their own home states, and trying to sneak it through the Senate without proper debate and amendment, i respectfully object.

  4. Bruce Walker:

    On the other hand, if some viruses sneak through and infect a cell ; then the body is dependent upon T cells to eliminate the virus, and therein lies the opportunity for us to rethink what we're doing in terms of vaccination -- because those T cells, at least theoretically, could be highly potent and could attenuate the disease. In other words, they wouldn't protect against infection, but they might make infections so asymptomatic that you would not notice it yourself and, in fact, you would never have enough virus in your body to transmit it to somebody else. That's the hypothesis.

  5. Curt Simmons:

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

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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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