sneak

Definitions

  • Knave sneaking away
    Knave sneaking away
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sneak marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed "a furtive manner","a sneak attack","stealthy footsteps","a surreptitious glance at his watch"
    • v sneak to go stealthily or furtively "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
    • v sneak pass on stealthily "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"
    • v sneak make off with belongings of others
    • v sneak put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner "sneak a look","sneak a cigarette"
    • n sneak someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
    • n sneak someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions
    • n sneak a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 50% admit they regularly sneak food into movie theaters to avoid the high prices of snack foods.
    • Sneak (Cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; -- called also grub.
    • Sneak A mean, sneaking fellow. "A set of simpletons and superstitious sneaks ."
    • Sneak To act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch.
    • Sneak 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. "You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away."
    • v. t Sneak To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner. "Slander sneaks its head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sneak To creep or steal about privately; go furtively, as if afraid or ashamed to be seen; slink.
    • sneak To behave with meanness and servility; crouch; truckle.
    • sneak To steal; pilfer. See sneak-thief.
    • sneak To hide; conceal in a furtive or cowardly manner.
    • n sneak A mean, contemptible fellow; one who has recourse to mean and cowardly methods; a person of selfish and cowardly temper and conduct.
    • n sneak A petty thief. See sneak-thief and area-sneak.
    • n sneak In cricket, a ball bowled along the ground; a grub.
    • n sneak In whist, a singleton lead.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sneak snēk to creep or steal away privately or meanly: to behave meanly
    • v.t Sneak (slang) to steal
    • n Sneak a mean, servile fellow: a mean thief
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Quotations

  • George Sewell
    George Sewell
    “When the adulation of life is gone, the coward sneaks to his death, but the brave live on.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
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    “If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sniken, AS. snīcan, to creep; akin to Dan. snige sig,; cf. Icel. snīkja, to hanker after

Usage

In literature:

She put him in the parlor, but he sneaked into my room.
"The Moving Picture Girls" by Laura Lee Hope
Most of them have, on some pretext or other, sneaked out of Paris.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
But I sneaks up when he isn't lookin', an' I gits de bestest toy ob all!
"The Story of a China Cat" by Laura Lee Hope
I have felt like a cur as I've sneaked round town.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
These natives are marvellous sneak-thieves.
"Ray's Daughter" by Charles King
It is waiting for you, sneak, bear that in mind!
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
Bart Hodge had begun to think Snell was a sneak and bad, but he had no proof of it, and so he kept still.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
The one by the gate can hear any one who may be sneaking around.
"The Broncho Rider Boys with Funston at Vera Cruz" by Frank Fowler
This fellow went ahead and shouted back that the bridge had sneaked off.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I sneaked out and beat it through the marsh grass for all I was worth.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Oscar had sneaked in and had not been observed by them, so intensely were they engrossed in their talk.
"Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist" by Harlan Page Halsey
Don't let them sneak on you.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
You remember about my seeing some one sneaking in here just ahead of us, don't you?
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
Three weeks they've waited an' sneaked up to my bed an' sneaked away agin, seein' my eyes open.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
I heard somebuddy at the flyin' machine and sneaked up to see who it was.
"The Rover Boys in the Air" by Edward Stratemeyer
This he did with very bad grace, and a minute later sneaked off with his toady.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
I've such a sneaking weakness for Naples that I believe she thinks I'm an Italian at heart.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Dandy and I have got to sneak for it until we're spotted, or clear of them, then away we go.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
He says he'll sneak over from his place, so no one will see him.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
We might add a fifth rule, about not doing sneaking tricks; it's decidedly necessary.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

There I spy a dusty streak!
There a corner not quite clean!
There a cobweb! There the sneak
Of a spider, watching keen!
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
Yes! Ther's our place, whatever flames
Those nearing clouds display,
Tho' much they mean to footpath sneaks
And the wise who stop away.
"May Day" by Bernard O Dowd
At dusk I saw a craintive mouse
That sneaked and stole around the house;
At first I took it for a ghost,
For it was snowy white - almost.
"My White Mouse" by Robert W Service
For fourteen long years I have ser-vi-ed,
And for fourteen long years and a day,
For meeting a bloke in the area,
And sneaking his ticker away.
"Botany Bay" by Anonymous Oceania
John came home with a missing limb;
That didn't seem to worry him;
But oh, it set his brain awhirl
To find that James had — sneaked his girl!
"The Twins" by Robert W Service
And when the great World War began,
To volunteer John promptly ran;
And while he learned live bombs to lob,
James stayed at home and — sneaked his job.
"The Twins" by Robert W Service

In news:

Sneak Peek at Summer 2012 Blockbusters.
They are at it again, sneaking one in on us.
Exclusive sneak peek at Black Friday deals.
Women for Liberty delivers sneak attack on Sherrod Brown.
Another Sneak Attack, War Heralded Pallet in Industry World War II Spurred Use of Pallet in Material Handling.
We recently got a sneak peek at Octobachi — the new hibachi , sushi, and pho restaurant on Spring Street.
How do you sneak a 5,000-pound hippopotamus out of Washington.
After spending all evening stealing ice cream, sneaking cigarettes, avoiding my thesis, and flirting with boys, this is what I came up with.
Spaniels can be used quite effectively when sneak shooting farm ponds and creeks.
Instead, 18-year-old Jorge Herrera was out past curfew and was trying to sneak back into his house without alerting his parents.
The Jaded Local's super duper special sneak preview.
Tokio Hotel's Album Cover and " Humanoid " Single: Sneak Peek.
Now you can get a sneak peek of the documentary with this exclusive clip, which finds Ike , Tina and the Ikettes recording at Ike 's Bullock Sound studio in Los Angeles.
Ever since the first sneak peek of a trailer was released for The Avengers I was hooked.
Snow, sleet , showers sneak into Syracuse's weekend weather forecast.
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In science:

Otherwise, P0 must sneak a transition error somewhere so that it can end up with a rejecting configuration.
Checking generalized debates with small space and randomness
They can sneak into the territory of orange males and mate with their females.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
These events will be very hard to veto, since the neutrons sneak in unseen before interacting with protons and masquerade as neutral current neutrino events.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
Soderhjelm and Dischler (2005) sneak in backwards by pointing out that you underestimate the number of eclipsing binaries on the upper main sequence by a factor of more than 10 if you give your primary a random companion from the initial mass function, implying, thus, that M2 /M1 favors values near one.
Astrophysics in 2006
Here, the bijection becomes an equivalence of categories, and the family construction sneaks in.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
The boundary between short and long is taken at 20 planes. A concurrent test beam line allows the detector, including boundaries where muons could sneak out, to be well understood.
Experimental Tests of the Standard Model
Which physics leads to a scale of 8 fm/c for string decay? (A possibility would be that a Lorentz factor γ has sneaked somewhere into the calculation.) Finally, I would like to add one comment concerning the modeling of the the hot, ultra-dense stage of HI collisions including the phase transition.
Collective flow and QCD phase transition
A bug A that was confined to live on the rim of a circle of radius R realized that a tasty bug B it preyed on used to sneak into its territory always with the same constant velocity v along a same straight line located at a distance r from the enter of the circle.
Oscar's Physics Phaire: A Collection of Problems
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