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.