Sneak meaning

snēk
To sneak is defined as to move around or do something in a quiet or cowardly way.

An example of to sneak is to creep up behind someone and scare her.

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Sneak means done without warning in an unknown, secret or quiet manner.

An example of sneak used as an adjective is "sneak attack" which means a surprise attack.

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The definition of a sneak is a cowardly person or a trickster.

An example of a sneak is someone who does questionable things in a quiet way to avoid being noticed.

noun
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To be a sneak; behave in a stealthy, underhanded, or cowardly manner.
verb
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To behave in a cowardly or servile manner.
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A person regarded as stealthy, cowardly, or underhanded.
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To go or move in a quiet, stealthy way.
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To move, give, take, or put in a quiet, stealthy manner.

Sneak candy into one's mouth; sneaked a look at the grade sheet.

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An instance of sneaking; a quiet, stealthy movement.
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(informal) A sneaker.
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A person who sneaks; stealthy, underhanded, contemptible person.
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A cheat; a con artist; a trickster.

I can't believe I gave that sneak $50 for a ticket when they were selling for $20 at the front gate.

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An informer; a tell-tale.
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(intransitive) To creep or go stealthily; to come or go while trying to avoid detection, as a person who does not wish to be seen.

He decided to sneak into the kitchen for a second cookie while his mom was on the phone.

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Carried out in a clandestine manner.

Sneak preparations for war.

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Perpetrated without warning.

A sneak attack.

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To move quietly and stealthily so as to avoid being seen or heard; go furtively.
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To give, put, carry, take, etc. secretly or in a stealthy, sneaking manner.
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An act of sneaking.
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Without warning; stealthy.

A sneak attack.

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One who sneaks; one who moves stealthily to acquire an item or information.

My little brother is such a sneak - yesterday I caught him trying to look through my diary.

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To take something stealthily without permission.

I went to sneak a chocolate but my dad caught me.

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(dated) To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
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(intransitive) (informal, especially with on) To inform an authority about another's misdemeanours; to tell tales; to grass.

If you sneak on me I'll bash you!

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In advance; before release to the general public.

The company gave us a sneak look at their new electronic devices.

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In a stealthy or surreptitious manner.

I was able to get a sneak peek at the guest list.

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sneak up (on)
  • to approach (someone) by or as by stealth
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sneak

  • Probably akin to Middle English sniken to creep from Old English snīcan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sniken (“to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snÄ«can (“to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *snÄ«kanÄ…, which is related to the root of snake.

    From Wiktionary