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English adjective: sneak

1. sneak marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

SamplesA furtive manner.
A sneak attack.
Stealthy footsteps.
A surreptitious glance at his watch.

Synonymsfurtive, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious



English noun: sneak

1. sneak (person) a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible

Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

2. sneak (person) someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions

Synonymsprowler, stalker

Broader (hypernym)interloper, intruder, trespasser

3. sneak (person) someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

Synonymscanary, fink, sneaker, snitch, snitcher, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon

Broader (hypernym)betrayer, blabber, informer, rat, squealer

English verb: sneak

1. sneak (motion) to go stealthily or furtively

Samples..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house.

ExamplesThe children sneak to the playground

Synonymscreep, mouse, pussyfoot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)walk

2. sneak (social) put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner

SamplesSneak a look.
Sneak a cigarette.

ExamplesThey sneak the food to the people, They sneak the people the food, They sneak the parcel to their parents, They sneak them the parcel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

3. sneak (possession) make off with belongings of others

ExamplesThey sneak the money

Synonymsabstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, swipe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)steal

4. sneak (possession) pass on stealthily

SamplesHe slipped me the key when nobody was looking.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

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