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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of sneak.


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The irregular form snuck originated by analogy of struck for the past of strike. Snuck was originally limited to a few dialects, but is now very widespread (especially in American English) and is recognized by most dictionaries. The word is now one of the best examples of irregularization of a regular verb, along with dove.



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  • past tense of sneak. Merriam-Webster says it's acceptable, but I took it out of a text today anyway. At least an ancillary reason, besides its vaguely obscene sound, is that it was being used in reference to Booth's assassination of Lincoln.

    March 27, 2008

  • I use sneaked. Am I wrong?

    March 27, 2008

  • Booth snuck?

    March 27, 2008

  • I prefer "Booth snuck up on Lincoln" over "Booth sneaked up on Lincoln".

    March 28, 2008

  • No, yarb, it listed "sneaked" first and "snuck" as an acceptable alternative. "Sneaked" certainly sounds more formal and therefore perhaps more correct. But as I said, in this case... either one is just... ick.

    March 28, 2008

  • I also prefer sneaky over snucky.

    March 28, 2008

  • snuck = yuck.

    August 12, 2008

  • Which is correct: snuck or sneaked?

    Snuck is used in American and Canadian English as the past tense and past participle of sneak, but it is considered non-standard, i.e., ol for dialectal and informal speech and writing. The standard past tense is sneaked. Snuck is relatively new, an Americanism introduced in the late 19th century. The opposite has occurred to the past form of slink. Slunk was long the standard form, but then slinked appeared and is encroaching on slunk. Slinked is considered non-standard. Style guides at some of the biggest newspapers in Canada and the United States - including the Globe and Mail (1998) and the New York Times (1999) - ban snuck. But snuck may tiptoe into more formal writing over the years.

    January 26, 2012

  • a funny video about Jennifer Gardner correcting Conan O'Brien that sunck isn't a correct word only to be shot back by Conan:

    January 26, 2012