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Meaning & Definition of Furtive in English

English

Furtive

/fərtɪv/

adjective

1. Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

  • Taking pains to avoid being observed
  • "A furtive manner"
  • "A sneak attack"
  • "Stealthy footsteps"
  • "A surreptitious glance at his watch"
    synonym:
  • furtive
  • ,
  • sneak(a)
  • ,
  • sneaky
  • ,
  • stealthy
  • ,
  • surreptitious

2. Secret and sly or sordid

  • "Backstairs gossip"
  • "His low backstairs cunning"- a.l.guerard
  • "Backstairs intimacies"
  • "Furtive behavior"
    synonym:
  • backstair
  • ,
  • backstairs
  • ,
  • furtive