[ sur-uhp-tish-uhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English from Latin surreptitius (from the verb surripere, from sub- ‘secretly’ + rapere ‘seize’) + -ous
  • clandestine
  • covert
  • furtive
  • hush-hush
  • unauthorized
  • forthright
  • honest
  • open
  • public
  • truthful
kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of
A) In the days of prohibition, speakeasies were surreptitious nightclubs or bars. B) Isla's surreptitious whereabouts made us all wonder what she was up to.
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