KJV Dictionary Definition: espy


ESPY',v.t. L. specio.

1. To see at a distance; to have the first sight of a thing remove. Seamen espy land as they approach it.

2. To see or discover something intended to be hid, or in a degree concealed and not very visible; as, to espy a man in a crowd, or a thief in a wood.

3. To discover unexpectedly.

As one of them opened his sack, he espied his money. Gen.42.

4. To inspect narrowly; to examine and make discoveries.

Moses sent me to espy out the land, and I brought him word again. Josh. 14.

ESPY', v.i. To look narrowly; to look about; to watch.

Stand by the way and espy. Jer.48.

This word is often pronounced spy, which see.

ESPY', n. A spy; a scout.