sneak

The word sneak has many shades of meaning, but all involve doing something in a secretive or stealthy way. If you sneak home after midnight, that means you’re quietly creeping into the house so no one will hear you.

In addition to moving furtively, sneak can also mean doing something secretly or slipping something in. You might sneak a cookie when no one is looking, or you might sneak your brother into a concert. You could even sneak a glance at that cute guy in your math class — you do it when you think no one will notice. Sneak has a noun form that describes a furtive person — someone who does a lot of sneaking.

Definitions of sneak
  1. verb
    to go stealthily or furtively
    “..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house”
    synonyms: creep, mouse, pussyfoot
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    pass on stealthily
    synonyms: slip
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    type of:
    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  3. verb
    put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner
    sneak a look”
    sneak a cigarette”
    synonyms: smuggle
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  4. verb
    make off with belongings of others
    synonyms: abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, swipe
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    type of:
    steal
    take without the owner's consent
  5. noun
    a person who is regarded as underhanded and furtive and contemptible
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    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
  6. noun
    someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions
    synonyms: prowler, stalker
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    interloper, intruder, trespasser
    someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
  7. noun
    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
    synonyms: canary, fink, sneaker, snitch, snitcher, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon
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    type of:
    betrayer, blabber, informer, rat, squealer
    one who reveals confidential information in return for money
  8. adjective
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
    “a sneak attack”
    synonyms: furtive, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious
    concealed
    hidden on any grounds for any motive
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