Spy Spy, n.; pl. {Spies} (sp[imac]z). [See {Spy}, v., and cf. {Espy}, n.] 1. One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others. ``These wretched spies of wit.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A person sent secretly into an enemy's camp, territory, or fortifications, to inspect his works, ascertain his strength, movements, or designs, and to communicate such intelligence to the proper officer. [1913 Webster]

{Spy money}, money paid to a spy; the reward for private or secret intelligence regarding the enemy.

{Spy Wednesday} (Eccl.), the Wednesday immediately preceding the festival of Easter; -- so called in allusion to the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Emissary}, and {Scout}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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