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Definition of "furtive" []

  • Characterized by stealth; surreptitious. (adjective)
  • Expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty. See Synonyms at secret. (adjective)
  • Characterized by stealth; sly and secretive (adjective)

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Use "furtive" in a sentence
  • "She must have heard my steps on the wood stairs, because by the time I walked through the door, she was sitting on the floor near the bed, looking at me with an expression of furtive innocence."
  • "Every now and then, a sister slid grey and furtive from the side gate to hand over coins to buy not acarajé but a pink-and-white striped bag bulging with peeled chunks of sugar cane."
  • "Re-search Department at the Foreign Office, and engaged in furtive adulteries."