Meaning of gumshoe

gum•shoe

Pronunciation: (gum'sh"), [key]
— n., v., -shoed, -shoe•ing.
—n.
  1. a detective.
  2. a shoe made of gum elastic or India rubber; rubber overshoe.
  3. sneaker (def. 1).
—v.i.
    1. to work as a detective.
    2. to go softly, as if wearing rubber shoes; move or act snoopily or stealthily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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