Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To pry into the private affairs of others, especially by prowling about.
  • noun One who snoops.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pry about; go about in a prying or sneaking way.
  • noun One who snoops, or pries or sneaks about; a snooper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To be devious and cunning so as not to be seen
  • verb To secretly spy on or investigate, especially into the private personal life of others.
  • noun The act of snooping
  • noun One who snoops
  • noun A private detective

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

  • noun a spy who makes uninvited inquiries into the private affairs of others
  • verb watch, observe, or inquire secretly

Etymologies

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

[Dutch snoepen, to eat on the sly.]

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From Dutch snoepen ("to pry, eat in secret, sneak"). Related to Dutch and Low German snappen ("to bite, seize"), Dutch snavel ("beak, bill, pecker, neb"), German Schnabel ("beak, bill, mouth"). More at snap.

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  • From the etymology section:

    "Dutch snoepen, to eat on the sly."

    December 6, 2011