Gumshoe



[guhm-shoo] /ˈgʌmˌʃu/

noun
1.
Slang. a detective.
2.
a made of or India rubber; rubber overshoe.
3.
(def 1).
verb (used without object), gumshoed, gumshoeing.
4.
Slang.

/ˈɡʌmˌʃuː/
noun
1.
a waterproof overshoe
2.
(US & Canadian) a rubber-soled shoe
3.
(US & Canadian, slang) a detective or one who moves about stealthily
4.
(US & Canadian, slang) a stealthy action or movement
verb -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed
5.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, slang) to act stealthily
n.

“plainclothes detective,” 1906, from the rubber-soled shoes they wore (which were so called from 1863); from gum (n.1) + shoe (n.).

noun

(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

verb

[1906+; fr gumshoe, ”rubber-soled shoe”]

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