Etymology
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sneaker (n.)

1590s, "one who sneaks," agent noun from sneak (v.). Meaning "rubber-soled shoe" is attested from 1895, American English; earlier sneak (1862), so called because the shoe was noiseless. See also plimsoll; another early name for them was tackies (1902), from tacky (adj.1).

The night-officer is generally accustomed to wear a species of India-rubber shoes or goloshes on her feet. These are termed 'sneaks' by the women [of Brixton Prison]. ["Female Life in Prison," 1862]

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updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of sneaker from WordNet

sneaker (n.)
a canvas shoe with a pliable rubber sole;
Synonyms: gym shoe / tennis shoe
sneaker (n.)
someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police;
Synonyms: fink / snitch / snitcher / stoolpigeon / stool pigeon / stoolie / sneak / canary
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