Definition of Sleuth

1. Noun. A detective who follows a trail.

Exact synonyms: Sleuthhound
Generic synonyms: Detective



2. Verb. Watch, observe, or inquire secretly.
Exact synonyms: Snoop, Spy, Stag
Entails: Enquire, Inquire, Investigate
Generic synonyms: Monitor, Supervise
Derivative terms: Sleuthing, Snoop, Snooper, Spy, Spy, Spying

Definition of Sleuth

1. n. The track of man or beast as followed by the scent.

Definition of Sleuth

1. Noun. (obsolete) An animal’s trail or track. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) A sleuth-hound; a bloodhound. ¹

3. Noun. A detective. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive transitive) To act as a detective; to try to discover who committed a crime. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete uncountable) Slowness; laziness, sloth. ¹

6. Noun. (rare) A collective term for a group of bears. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sleuth

1. to act as a detective [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sleuth

slenderized
slenderizes
slenderizing
slenderly
slenderness
slendernesses
slenter
slenters
slepez
slept
slept off
slepton
sleptons
sleptwalk
sleptwalked
sleuth (current term)
sleuth-hound
sleuth-hounds
sleuthed
sleuthhound
sleuthhounds
sleuthing
sleuths
sleuthy
slew
slew rate
slewed
slewest
slewing
slews

Literary usage of Sleuth

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1. Reports of Cases by New York (State). Court of Appeals (1892)
"The plaintiff now contends that " sleuth," as a word or name, has become his ... What he does find is that the pseudonym " Old sleuth " was the plaintiff's ..."

2. A Manual of Trade-mark Cases: Comprising Sebastian's Digest of Trade-mark by Rowland Cox, Lewis Boyd Sebastian (1892)
"If the character and prowess of Old sleuth have captivated the literary fancy of a portion of the public, and a magic in the name secures the public ..."

3. Darkness and Daylight; Or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life: A Woman's by Helen Campbell, Thomas Wallace Knox, Thomas Byrnes (1892)
"THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK —THE DETECTIVE FORCE AND ITS WORK—SHADOWS AND SHADOWING — sleuth-HOUNDS OF THE LAW. A Building that is Never Closed ..."

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