sleuth informal NOUN a detective.
VERB carry out a search or investigation in the manner of a detective.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «track»: from Old Norse.

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  • Sleuth — (engl. für Detektiv, Spürhund) steht für den Originaltitel des Theaterstücks Revanche (Theaterstück) von Anthony Shaffer aus dem Jahr 1970, Grundlage für zwei Filme, ebenfalls mit dem Originaltitel sleuth: Mord mit kleinen Fehlern aus dem Jahr… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sleuth — [slu:θ] n old fashioned [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: sleuthhound dog used for tracking people (14 20 centuries), from sleuth track (12 15 centuries) (from Old Norse sloth) + hound] someone who tries to find out information about a crime = ↑detective …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sleuth´er — sleuth «slooth», noun, verb. –n. 1. Informal. a detective. 2. = bloodhound. (Cf. ↑bloodhound) –v.i. Informal. to be or act like a detective. ╂[< Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic slōth) a trail] –sleuth´er, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • sleuth — index research, spy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sleuth — [ sluθ ] noun count MAINLY JOURNALISM someone who tries to solve crimes or mysteries: DETECTIVE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sleuth — (n.) c.1200, track or trail of a person, from O.N. sloð trail, of uncertain origin. Meaning detective is 1872, shortening of sleuthhound keen investigator (1849), a figurative use of a word for a kind of bloodhound that dates back to late 14c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sleuth — [n] detective agent, bloodhound*, cop, dick*, eavesdropper, flatfoot*, gumshoe*, investigator, P.I.*, police officer, private detective, private eye, private investigator, sleuthhound, spy, tail*, tracker; concept 348 …   New thesaurus

  • sleuth — [slo͞oth′hound΄slo͞oth] n. [ME, a trail, spoor < ON slóth, akin to slothra, to drag (oneself) ahead: for IE base see SLUG1] 1. Rare a dog, as a bloodhound, that can follow a trail by scent: also sleuthhound [slo͞oth′hound΄ ] ☆ 2. DETECTIVE (n …   English World dictionary

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