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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. William Ruto:

    Our message to them is clear - you may sneak and attack innocent civilians. But for any attack on Kenya and its people, we shall pursue you wherever you go.

  2. Robert Yawger:

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

  3. Lawas Lemoro:

    They sneak off in the middle of the night to meet men or bring them into Umoja Village, either that or they're using the story as a way to make money.

  4. 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 Portugal to Istanbul, Turkey. 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.

  5. Netflix Inc:

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

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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
  • แอบThai
  • trộmVietnamese
  • 潜行Chinese

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. denudate
    • B. famish
    • C. abduct
    • D. loom

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