Complete Definition of "sleuth"

English
Pronunciation
italbrac|RP IPA|/sluËθ/, SAMPA|/slu:T/
rhymes|uËθ

Etymology 1
From ON. slóð (Norwegian slod).

Noun
en-noun

  1. obsolete An animal's trail or track.
  2. archaic A sleuth-hound; a bloodhound.
  3. A detective.

#* 1908, w:Edith Van Dyne|Edith Van Dyne (Frank L. Baum), Aunt Janeâs Nieces at Millville
#*: Do ye want me to become a sleuth, or engage detectives to track the objects of your erroneous philanthropy?

Synonyms
detective

Translations
trans-top|detective
Dutch: t|nl|speurder|m, t|nl|speurneus|m, t-|nl|detective|m, t|nl|detectief|m italbrac|informal
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Verb
en-verb

  1. intransitive To act as a detective; to try to discover who committed a crime.

#* 1922, w:Agatha Christie|Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary
#*: We must discover where he lives, what he does â sleuth him, in fact!

Synonyms
shadow

Translations
trans-top|detective
Dutch: t|nl|naspeuren, t|nl|schaduwen
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Etymology 2
OE. slæwþ|slǣwþ, corresponding to slow + -th.

Noun
en-noun

  1. context|obsolete|uncountable slowness|Slowness; laziness, sloth.
  2. rare A collective term for a group of bears.

#* 2007, Elinor De Wire, The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses - Page 200
#*: From the darkness came the howls of routs of wolves and bands of coyotes, the rumbling growls of a sleuth of bears or the bugles of a gang of elk.
#* 1995, Bobbie Ann Mason, The Girl Sleuth - Page 13

#*: If these dainty adventurers weren't being chased by a sleuth of bears or bogeys, they were being captured by Gypsies or thieves.
#* 1961, Noel Perrin, A Passport Secretly Green - Page 89''
#*: As quietly as if I were practicing to join a sleuth of bears, I crept out the door and went on home, eventually winding up in the garage...

Synonyms
italbrac|sloth: idleness, inertia, laziness, lethargy, sloth, slothfulness
italbrac|collective term for a group of bears: sloth

See also
Appendix:Animals

Category:English collective nouns

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