sleuth

Sleuth is a fun, sometimes playful, word for "detective." As a verb, it's also what a detective does. When you seek clues, you sleuth. You, sleuth, you!

The word sleuth comes from the Old Norse sloth, meaning "trail" and sleuthing is following a trail. One type of bloodhound skilled at following trails is called a sleuthhound, and that word was shortened to sleuth in the late 19th Century, referring to an investigator. As an amateur sleuth, you caught the robber dressed as a mummy before the police did. He would have escaped if not for you, you meddling sleuth!

Definitions of sleuth
  1. noun
    a detective who follows a trail
    synonyms: sleuthhound
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    type of:
    detective
    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
  2. verb
    watch, observe, or inquire secretly
    synonyms: snoop, spy, stag
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    type of:
    monitor, supervise
    keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
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