sneak

sneak
I. verb (sneaked or snuck; sneaking) Etymology: akin to Old English snīcan to sneak along, Old Norse snīkja Date: 1594 intransitive verb 1. to go stealthily or furtively ; slink <
snuck out early
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2. to act in or as if in a furtive manner 3. to carry the football on a quarterback sneak transitive verb to put, bring, or take in a furtive or artful manner <
sneak a smoke
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Synonyms: see lurk Usage: From its earliest appearance in print in the late 19th century as a dialectal and probably uneducated form, the past and past participle snuck has risen to the status of standard and to approximate equality with sneaked. Indications are that it is continuing to grow in frequency. It is most common in the United States and Canada, but has also been spotted in British and Australian English. II. noun Date: circa 1643 1. a person who acts in a stealthy, furtive, or shifty manner 2. a. a stealthy or furtive move b. an unobserved departure or escape 3. sneaker 2 — usually used in plural 4. quarterback sneak III. adjective Date: circa 1859 1. carried on secretly ; clandestine 2. occurring without warning ; surprise <
a sneak attack
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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