Definition of Sneak

1. Noun. A person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible.

Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Person, Unpleasant Person
Derivative terms: Sneaky

2. Verb. To go stealthily or furtively. "The children sneak to the playground"; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
Exact synonyms: Creep, Mouse, Pussyfoot
Generic synonyms: Walk
Derivative terms: Creep, Creeper
Also: Sneak Away, Sneak Out

3. Adjective. Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed. "A surreptitious glance at his watch"
Exact synonyms: Furtive, Sneaky, Stealthy, Surreptitious
Similar to: Concealed
Derivative terms: Furtiveness, Sneakiness, Stealth, Stealthiness

4. Noun. Someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions.
Exact synonyms: Prowler, Stalker
Generic synonyms: Interloper, Intruder, Trespasser
Derivative terms: Prowl, Sneaky, Stalk

5. Verb. Put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner. "They sneak them the parcel"; "Sneak a cigarette"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

6. Noun. Someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police.
Exact synonyms: Canary, Fink, Sneaker, Snitch, Snitcher, Stool Pigeon, Stoolie, Stoolpigeon
Generic synonyms: Betrayer, Blabber, Informer, Rat, Squealer
Derivative terms: Fink, Snitch, Snitch

7. Verb. Make off with belongings of others. "They sneak the money "
Exact synonyms: Abstract, Cabbage, Filch, Hook, Lift, Nobble, Pilfer, Pinch, Purloin, Snarf, Swipe
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Cabbage, Lifter, Pilferage, Pilferer

8. Verb. Pass on stealthily. "They sneak the people the food"; "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"
Exact synonyms: Slip
Generic synonyms: Give, Hand, Pass, Pass On, Reach, Turn Over

Definition of Sneak

1. v. i. 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. v. t. To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner.

3. n. A mean, sneaking fellow.

Definition of Sneak

1. Noun. A mean, sneaking fellow. ¹

2. Noun. An informer; a tell-tale; a grass. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) , (cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter ¹

4. Verb. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; ¹

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

6. Verb. (''informal, especially with'' on) To inform an authority about another's misdemeanours; to tell tales; to grass. ¹

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Definition of Sneak

1. to move stealthily [v SNEAKED or SNUCK, SNEAKING, SNEAKS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sneak

snazz up
sneak (current term)
sneak away
sneak in
sneak off
sneak out
sneak peek
sneak preview
sneak thief
sneak up
sneak up on

Literary usage of Sneak

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Collection of Farces and Other Afterpieces: Which are Acted at the by Inchbald (1815)
"Mrs sneak. Especially with such a wretched companion Maj. Madam— Mrs sneak. But as soon as my dress is restored, I Shall fly to relieve your distress Maj. ..."

2. The British Drama: A Collection of the Most Esteemed Tragedies, Comedies (1854)
"sneak. Then now for it ; I am ready, let her come when she will. ... sneak. The meaning is plain ; that I am grown a man, and vil do what I please, ..."

3. The Modern British Drama: In Five Volumes by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1811)
"Are you sure you nave got я!1 the things out of the chaise ? sneak. ... Mrs. sneak. Then, give me my fan. Did ever mortal see such a 1 declare I am ..."

4. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language (1804)
"I am glad to see you, son sneak. But .where is your brother Bruin, and his wife? - sneak. He will be here anon, father sir Jacob; he did but just step into ..."

5. The Metropolitan (1833)
"sneak ' keeps a Sunday newspaper ' as a reservoir for the filth of the week ... sneak has run through all tho circle of scoundrelism . whatever is most hase ..."

6. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1804)
"sneak. He will be here «non, father sir Jacob he did but just step into the alley, ... I am glad to sec you, son sneak. But where is your brother Bruin, ..."

7. Darkness and Daylight; Or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life: A Woman's by Helen Campbell, Thomas Wallace Knox, Thomas Byrnes (1892)
"Characteristics of Bank sneak-Thieves — Rogues of Education and Address ... FOR many years sneak-thieving from banks nourished to a alarming extent in New ..."

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