sneak
Pronunciation Noun

sneak (plural sneaks)

  1. 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.
  2. A cheat; a con artist.
    Synonyms: con artist, trickster, Thesaurus:confidence trickster, Thesaurus:deceiver
    I can't believe I gave that sneak $50 for a ticket when they were selling for $20 at the front gate.
  3. An informer; a tell-tale.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:informant
  4. (obsolete, cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter
  5. (US) A sneaker; a tennis shoe.
    • 2014, Faye McKnight, Goodnight, Bob (page 9)
      We would have been laughed off the street in Philadelphia if we were seen wearing sneaks. In the big city, the young population wore loafers or boots.
  6. (American football) A play where the quarterback receives the snap and immediately dives forward.
Translations Verb

sneak (sneaks, present participle sneaking; past and past participle sneaked)

  1. (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.
    Synonyms: skulk
    He decided to sneak into the kitchen for a second cookie while his mom was on the phone.
  2. (transitive) To take something stealthily without permission.
    I went to sneak a chocolate but my dad caught me.
  3. (ditransitive) To stealthily bring someone something.
    She asked me to sneak her a phone next month.
  4. (transitive, dated) To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
    • [Slander] sneaks its head.
  5. (intransitive, informal, with on) To inform an authority of another's misdemeanours.
    Synonyms: grass, snitch, tell tales
    If you sneak on me I'll bash you!
Translations Translations Translations Translations Adjective

sneak (not comparable)

  1. In advance; before release to the general public.
    The company gave us a sneak look at their new electronic devices.
  2. In a stealthy or surreptitious manner.
    I was able to get a sneak peek at the guest list.



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