- Snuck is defined as having moved around or done something in a secret or dishonest way.
An example of snuck is a teenage girl who's climbed out of her bedroom window after her parents have gone to bed.
- (chiefly North America) Simple past tense and past participle of sneak.
- I snuck into the theater because the movie had already started.
- See sneak for notes on sneaked vs snuck.
The irregular form snuck originated by analogy of struck for the past of strike. Snuck was originally limited to a few dialects, but is now very widespread (especially in American English) and is recognized by most dictionaries. The word is now one of the best examples of irregularization of a regular verb, along with dove.
Variant of sneak
intransitive verbsneaked or ☆ Informalsnuck, sneaking
- to move quietly and stealthily so as to avoid being seen or heard; go furtively
- to be a sneak; behave in a stealthy, underhanded, or cowardly manner
Origin of sneakprobably ; from Old English an unverified form snecan, akin to snican, to crawl: for Indo-European base see snail
- a person who sneaks; stealthy, underhanded, contemptible person
- an act of sneaking
- ☆ sneaker
sneak out of