sneak
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sneak(
snik
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to move furtively; used with "in", "out" or "up")
a. colarse
Who invited you to this party? - No one. I snuck in.¿Quién te invitó a esta fiesta? - Nadie. Me colé.
b. escabullirse
The actress snuck out of the theater before anyone could ask for her autograph.La actriz se escabulló del teatro antes de que alguien le pudiera pedir un autógrafo.
c. acercarse sigilosamente
Stephanie tried to sneak up on her boyfriend, but he heard her coming.Stephanie intentó acercarse sigilosamente a su novio, pero la oyó llegar.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Bob got caught trying to sneak in to the movies without paying.Bob fue sorprendido intentando entrar a hurtadillas al cine sin pagar.
The burglar tried to sneak out of the house, but a neighbor saw him.El ladrón trató de salir a hurtadillas de la casa pero un vecino lo vio.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to tattle) (United Kingdom)
a. acusar
The little girl snuck on her friend about having eaten all the candy.La niña acusó a su amiga de haber comido todos los dulces.
b. ir con cuentos
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Rebecca snuck about seeing Yolanda with her boyfriend when she should have been in class.Rebecca fue con cuentos sobre que había visto a Yolanda con su novio cuando debió haber estado en clase.
c. chivarse de
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Jimmy sneaked about his brother's foul language to his mother.Jimmy se chivó del lenguaje grosero de su hermano a su mamá.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(contemptible person)
a. el soplón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la soplona
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
She's such a sneak! She went behind my back and told Tim what I said about him.¡Qué soplona! Le dijo a Tim a mis espaldas lo que yo había dicho de él.
b. el chivato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la chivata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Gabriel is a nosy sneak who never minds his own business.Gabriel es un chivato entrometido que siempre se mete en los asuntos de otros.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to smuggle)
a. colar
Eric snuck his girlfriend into a party.Eric coló a su novia a una fiesta.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mark snuck a bottle of rum into class.Mark introdujo una botella de ron de contrabando en el aula.
The scientist snuck a dead rat out of the lab for further research.El científico sacó a escondidas del laboratorio una rata muerta para investigar más a fondo.
5. (to do something furtively)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Armina snuck a drink during the meeting.Armina tomó un trago sin que nadie se diera cuenta durante la reunión.
Gary snuck a peek at Brenda.Gary miró con disimulo a Brenda.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (clandestine)
a. sorpresa
They launched their sneak attack while the enemy slept.Lanzaron el ataque sorpresa mientras el enemigo dormía.
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sneak
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a. el soplón(ona)
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
la soplón(ona)
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(telltale)
b. el chivato(a)
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
la chivato(a)
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (general)
a.
to get a sneak preview of somethingtener un anticipo en exclusiva de algo
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (general)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
to sneak something past somebodypasar algo por delante de alguien sin que se dé cuenta
to sneak somebody in/outintroducir/sacar a alguien a hurtadillas
to sneak a glance at somebodymirar furtivamente a alguien
she sneaked her boyfriend into her bedroomcoló a su novio en su dormitorio or
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (colloquial)
a. ir con cuentos (tell tales)
b. chivarse
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
5. (move furtively)
a. deslizarse
to sneak past somebodycolarse sin ser visto(a) por alguien
to sneak in/outentrar/salir a hurtadillas
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sneak [sniːk]
transitive verb
to sneak sth out of a place sacar algo furtivamente de un lugar; I managed to sneak one in logré meter uno sin ser visto; to sneak a look at sth mirar algo de reojo or soslayo
intransitive verb
1
to sneak about ir a hurtadillas; moverse furtivamente; to sneak in/out entrar/salir a hurtadillas; to sneak away or off escabullirse; to sneak off with sth llevarse algo furtivamente; to sneak up on sb acercarse sigilosamente a algn
2
to sneak on sb delatar a algn; dar el soplo sobre algn (informal); chivarse de algn (informal); (Esp) to sneak to the teacher ir con el cuento or chivarse al profesor (informal); (Esp)
noun
(tale-teller) chivatoachivata (m) (f);a chivata soplónonasoplona (m) (f);ona soplona
modifier
sneak preview (n) [of film] preestreno (m); (gen) anticipo (m) no autorizado
sneak thief (n) rateroaratera (m) (f);a ratera
sneak visit (n) visita (f) furtiva
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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