AskDefine | Define snoop

Dictionary Definition

snoop n : a spy who makes uninvited inquiries into the private affairs of others [syn: snooper] v : watch, observe, or inquire secretly [syn: spy, stag, sleuth]

User Contributed Dictionary



From snoepen.



  1. To be devious and cunning so as not to be seen
  2. To secretly spy on or investigate, especially into the private personal life of others.
    If I had not snooped on her, I wouldn't have found out that she lied about her degree.


  1. The act of snooping
  2. One who snoops
    Be careful what you say around Gene because he's the bosses' snoop.
  3. A private detective
    She hired a snoop to find out if her husband was having an affair.


The act of snooping
One who snoops
A private detective


  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

Extensive Definition

"Snoop" can refer to:
In entertainment:
In technology:
  • snoop (software), a utility to capture and inspect network packets, included with the Solaris operating system
  • a snoop cycle in a microprocessor's cache coherency mechanism
It can also mean:
snoop in French: Snoop

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Paul Pry, Paul-Pry, Peeping Tom, audient, auditor, backseat driver, busybody, butt-in, buttinsky, eavesdropper, fool with, gossip, hearer, hearkener, inquirer, inquisitive, inquisitor, interfere, intermeddle, intermeddler, intrude, intruder, kibitz, kibitzer, listener, meddle, meddle with, meddler, mess with, monkey with, mouse, nose, nose around, nosy Parker, overhearer, peek, peep, peeper, peer, poke, pragmatist, prier, private detective, private eye, private investigator, pry, querier, querist, questioner, quidnunc, rubberneck, rubbernecker, scopophiliac, shamus, sightseer, snook, snooper, spy, stare, tamper with, voyeur, yenta
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