Etymology
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gumshoe (n.)

"plainclothes detective," 1906, from the rubber-soled shoes they wore (allowing stealthy movement), which were so called from 1863 (gums "rubber shoes" is attested by 1859); from gum (n.1) + shoe (n.).

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Definitions of gumshoe

gumshoe (n.)
someone who is a detective;
Synonyms: dick / hawkshaw
gumshoe (n.)
a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow;
Synonyms: arctic / galosh / golosh / rubber
From wordnet.princeton.edu