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This page has 12 definitions of spy in English, Norwegian Bokmål, and Swedish. Spy is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use spy in a sentence are shown. Also define these 27 related words and terms: espy, intelligencer, act, spy, spot, catch, sight, of, search, scrutinize, explore, see, view, inspect, examine, country, barf, vomit, spew, throw up, transitive, intransitive, blowflies, lay, egg, sick, and blowfly.

See also: spý

English

Etymology

From Middle English spien, aphetic variant of earlier espien (to espy), from Old French espier (to spy), from Frankish *spehōn (to spy), from Proto-Germanic *spehōną (to see, look), from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ- (to look). Akin to German spähen (to spy), Dutch spieden (to spy).

The noun displaced native Old English sċēawere (literally watcher), which was also the word for "mirror." In this sense, the verb displaced Old English sċēawian, which was also the word for "to watch" and became the Modern English word show.

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Noun

spy (plural spies)

  1. A person who secretly watches and examines the actions of other individuals or organizations and gathers information on them (usually to gain an advantage).
    Synonyms: (obsolete) espy, intelligencer; see also Thesaurus:spy
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.

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spy (third-person singular simple present spies, present participle spying, simple past and past participle spied)

  1. (intransitive) To act as a spy.
    During the Cold War, Russia and America would each spy on each other for recon.
    • Spy definition
      A person who secretly watches and examines the actions of other individuals or organizations and gathers information on them (usually to gain an advantage).
  2. (transitive) To spot; to catch sight of.
    I think I can spy that hot guy coming over here.
    • Of definition
      Expressing distance or motion.
      1. From (of distance, direction), "off".
      2. Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
      3. From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.). (1 of 52 of definitions)
  3. (intransitive) To search narrowly; to scrutinize.
  4. (transitive) To explore; to see; to view; inspect and examine secretly, as a country.

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse spýja, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- (to spit, vomit). Compare Swedish and Danish spy, Icelandic spýja, English spew, Dutch spuwen, German speien.

Noun

spy n (definite singular spyet) (uncountable)

  1. barf (US), vomit, spew

Verb

spy (present tense spyr, simple past spydde, past participle spydd)

  1. to barf (US), throw up, vomit, spew (also figurative)
    • Throw Up definition
      Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see throw, up. (1 of 8 throw up definitions)

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse spýja. The noun is derived from the verb.

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spy (present tense spyr, past tense spydde, past participle spydd/spytt, passive infinitive spyast, present participle spyande, imperative spy)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to vomit
  2. (intransitive, about blowflies) to lay eggs

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spy n (definite singular spyet, uncountable)

  1. vomit, sick
  2. (collective) eggs of a blowfly

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Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse spýja, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- (to spit, vomit). Compare Norwegian and Danish spy, Icelandic spýja, English spew, Dutch spuwen, German speien.

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spy (present spyr, preterite spydde, supine spytt, imperative spy)

  1. to throw up, to vomit
    • 2015, Mons Kallentoft, Vårlik[1], Bokförlaget Forum, →ISBN:
      Hon känner magen dra sig samman och hon kastar sig åt sidan, spyr all galla ur magen och det känns oändligt skönt och hela hon är svett och en kylig fuktighet.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 2018, Rune Pär Olofsson, Tillsammans[2], Lindhardt og Ringhof, →ISBN:
      När jag hör det, vill jag spy. För det är en dubbelmoral. Och jag har tvingats spy upp den — gång på gång.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 2019 December 19, Charlotta Lindgren, En hel jävla bok om cancer[3], Lindhardt og Ringhof, →ISBN:
      Jag drabbades av järnbrist och förstoppning och jag spydde en hel del. I flera dagar var jag inlagd på lasarettet.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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