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  Dictionary Definition of spy

spy
noun, plural spies, verb, spied, spying.

-- noun
1. one who keeps secret watch on the actions of others.
2. one employed by a government to obtain secret information or intelligence, especially with reference to military or naval affairs of other countries.
3. the act of spying; a careful view.
-- verb (i)
4. to act as a spy; take part in espionage.
-- verb (t)
5. to catch sight of; descry; see.
-- phrase
6. spy on, to make secret observations of.
7. spy out, a. to make secret observations in (a place) with hostile intent. b. to find out by observation or scrutiny.
[ME spien, from OF espier ESPY ]