Sneak v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneaked p. pr. & vb. n. Sneaking.]
1. 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.
You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away. --Dryden.
2. To act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch.
Sneak, v. t. To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner. [Obs.] “[Slander] sneaks its head.”
1. 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. [Cant]
adj : marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to
avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a lurking
prowler"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a
surreptitious glance at his watch"; "someone skulking
in the shadows" [syn: furtive, lurking, skulking,
sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious]
n 1: someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful
intentions [syn: prowler, stalker]
2: someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police [syn:
fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stoolie, sneaker,
v 1: to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around
spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: mouse, creep,
2: put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner; "sneak
a look"; "sneak a cigarette"
3: make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage,
purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook,
filch, nobble, lift]
4: pass on stealthily; "He slipped me the key when nobody was
looking" [syn: slip]