1. a soft-soled, canvas–topped shoe, often in pl.
|In Strange Company n.p.: Sneaks... are shoes with canvas tops and india-rubber soles [F&H].|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 4 Dec. 10/1: The guards wear shoes made of cloth, which render their footsteps noiseless. The convicts call these shoes ‘sneaks’.|
|Confessions of Convict 276: The night officer wears a species of india-rubber shoes or goloshes called ‘sneaks.’ From being a name for the shoes worn it has gradually become an epithet of the night-guard himself.|
|DN II:iii 148: sneak, n. Shoe with rubber sole and cloth top.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|My Life in Prison 49: The night watch wears ‘sneaks’.|
|Keys to Crookdom 402: Creepers. Rubber-soled shoes. Also called sneaks.|
|Sex in Prison 156: I could hear even the sound of the guards’ ‘sneaks’ as he walked by.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 95: She sat on the bed and watched him exchange his shoes and socks for the old canvas fishing sneaks.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 101: I pulled off my sneaks to avoid the squeaks / and mounted the darkened stairs.|
|Grease 105: Jersey, jock, sneaks, and socks.|
|Life Its Ownself (1985) 188: I brought a clean pair of sneaks.|
|Cocaine True 14: They’ll steal anything he got. They take the sneaks off your feet and resell them.|
|Drama City 191: I was wearing sneaks had Velcro on ’em instead of laces.|
|Philadelphia inquirer (PA) 31 Dec. D07/4: ‘Howe many pairs of sneaks you want?’.|
2. (US) a slipper.
|Prison Stories Mar. [Internet] He appraised the former butler’s patent-leather shoes [...] but they would pinch his callouses. ‘I’ll try the sneaks!’ he decided. ‘Them slippers won’t make much of a rumble.’.‘The Electric Warden’|
(US tramp) to leave, to move.
|Hobo’s Hornbook 259: At last he looked up and he says to us geeks, / ‘I t’ink dat it’s time dat youse mugs beat yer sneaks’.‘De Night Before Christmas’ in|