furtive

[ fur-tiv ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

from French furtif, -ive or Latin furtivus, from furtum ‘theft’

Synonyms

  • clandestine
  • covert
  • surreptitious
  • sneaky
  • secretive

Antonyms

  • aboveboard
  • open
  • obvious

Definition

characterized by stealth; sly and secretive

Example

The detective was furtive in his task and wasn't seen by anyone.

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