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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To go or move in a quiet, stealthy way.
  • intransitive v. To behave in a cowardly or servile manner.
  • transitive v. To move, give, take, or put in a quiet, stealthy manner: sneak candy into one's mouth; sneaked a look at the grade sheet.
  • n. A person regarded as stealthy, cowardly, or underhanded.
  • n. An instance of sneaking; a quiet, stealthy movement.
  • n. Informal A sneaker.
  • adj. Carried out in a clandestine manner: sneak preparations for war.
  • adj. Perpetrated without warning: a sneak attack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mean, sneaking fellow.
  • n. An informer; a tell-tale; a grass.
  • n. , (cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter
  • v. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen;
  • v. To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
  • v. To inform an authority about another's misdemeanours; to tell tales; to grass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen.
  • intransitive v. To act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch.
  • transitive v. To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner.
  • n. A mean, sneaking fellow.
  • n. A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; -- called also grub.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To creep or steal about privately; go furtively, as if afraid or ashamed to be seen; slink.
  • To behave with meanness and servility; crouch; truckle.
  • To steal; pilfer. See sneak-thief.
  • To hide; conceal in a furtive or cowardly manner.
  • n. A mean, contemptible fellow; one who has recourse to mean and cowardly methods; a person of selfish and cowardly temper and conduct.
  • n. A petty thief. See sneak-thief and area-sneak.
  • n. In cricket, a ball bowled along the ground; a grub.
  • n. In whist, a singleton lead.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner
  • adj. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
  • v. to go stealthily or furtively
  • v. pass on stealthily
  • v. make off with belongings of others
  • n. someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
  • n. someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions
  • n. a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible

Etymologies

Probably akin to Middle English sniken, to creep, from Old English snīcan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sniken ("to creep, crawl"), related to Old English snican ("to desire, reach for sneakily"), from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake. (Wiktionary)

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