AskDefine | Define sneak

Dictionary Definition

sneak adj : marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a lurking prowler"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"; "someone skulking in the shadows" [syn: furtive, lurking, skulking, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious]


1 someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions [syn: prowler, stalker]
2 someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police [syn: fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stoolie, sneaker, canary]


1 to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: mouse, creep, steal, 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 [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, filch, nobble, lift]
4 pass on stealthily; "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking" [syn: slip] [also: snuck]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /sniːk/, /sni:k/
  • Rhymes with: -iːk


  1. A mean, sneaking fellow.
  2. , A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter


  1. 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.
  2. To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.

Usage notes

The past and past participle snuck is primarily found in North American English, where it originated in the late 19th century as a dialectal form, and where it is still regarded as informal by some; its use appears to be increasing in frequency and acceptability. It is sometimes found in British and Australian English too. (Cf. The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Webster's New World College Dictionary).


to creep

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