Slang. a detective.
a made of or India rubber; rubber overshoe.
verb (used without object), gumshoed, gumshoeing.
a waterproof overshoe
(US & Canadian) a rubber-soled shoe
(US & Canadian, slang) a detective or one who moves about stealthily
(US & Canadian, slang) a stealthy action or movement
verb -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, slang) to act stealthily
“plainclothes detective,” 1906, from the rubber-soled shoes they wore (which were so called from 1863); from gum (n.1) + shoe (n.).
(Variations: gum boot or gumfoot or gumheel or gumshoe man) A police officer, esp a detective or plainclothes officer: It made him a good gumshoe
[1906+; fr gumshoe, ”rubber-soled shoe”]
/ˈɡʌmˌsʌkə/ noun (Austral, informal, in the 19th century) 1.
[thuhs] /θʌs/ noun 1. thickened turpentine, used in certain oil paints.
noun 1. .
/ˈɡʌmˌtriː/ noun 1. any of various trees that yield gum, such as the eucalyptus, sweet gum, and sour gum Sometimes shortened to gum 2. Also called gumwood. the wood of the eucalyptus tree 3. (informal) up a gumtree, in a very awkward position; in difficulties