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Sleuth



aliciapc
Uruguay

Sleuth
 
Hi everyone,
I saw the movie "Sleuth" yesterday, with a group of FCE sts. They asked me what the word means and all I could come up with was "detective" ... Is that correct ? Dict.definition : someone who solves crimes or mysteries .
In what context would you use it ? Thanks for your help !
Alicia
( I´m off to work now, I´ll check later. Thanks again! )

4 May 2011      



almaz
United Kingdom

Yes, Alicia, detective or investigator are fine. Theres also an intransitive verb, to sleuth. 

Think of the word sabueso in Spanish and youll have a clue to the origin of the word in English: both also refer to a type of dog noted for its keen sense of smell and tracking abilities. According to my dictionary, the word sleuth is related to the word for animal tracks (slot).

4 May 2011     



kodora
Greece

Look at this definition
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sleuth
and some examples
http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/sleuth
Dora

4 May 2011     



almaz
United Kingdom

Interesting, Kodora. I didn t know that the sleuth pronunciation came from Scots English. There s an odd sort of symmetry when you consider that the first Private Eye was a Glaswegian - Allan Pinkerton.

4 May 2011     



aliciapc
Uruguay

Thanks Alex and Dora, absolutely clear now. Thanks for the links !

5 May 2011