Sneak (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneaked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sneaking.] [OE. sniken, AS. snican to creep; akin to Dan. snige sig; cf. Icel. snikja to hanker after.]


To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; as, to sneak away from company.

<-- ? imp. & p. p. "snuck" is more common now, but not even mentioned here. In MW10, simply "sneaked or snuck" -->

You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away. Dryden.


To act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch.


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Sneak, v. t.

To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner.

[Obs.] "[Slander] sneaks its head."



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Sneak, n.


A mean, sneaking fellow.

A set of simpletons and superstitious sneaks. Glanvill.

2. Cricket

A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; -- called also grub.


R. A. Proctor.


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