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Definition of 'sneak'


  1. a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible
  2. someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions
       Synonyms: prowler stalker
  3. someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
       Synonyms: fink snitch snitcher stoolpigeon stool pigeon stoolie sneaker canary


  1. to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
       Synonyms: mouse creep pussyfoot
  2. put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner; "sneak a look"; "sneak a cigarette"
  3. make off with belongings of others
       Synonyms: pilfer cabbage purloin pinch abstract snarf swipe hook filch nobble lift
  4. pass on stealthily; "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"
       Synonyms: slip


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: furtive sneaky stealthy surreptitious

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