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furtive

[fur-tiv] /ˈfɜr tɪv/
adjective
1.
taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret:
a furtive glance.
2.
sly; shifty:
a furtive manner.
Origin of furtive
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin furtīvus, equivalent to furt(um) theft (compare fūr thief) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
furtively, adverb
furtiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. clandestine, covert. 2. underhand, cunning.
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  • And in the low bushes could be discerned the lurking, furtive, shadowy jackals.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Told under the breath, with furtive glances to right and to left.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • How noisy and romping the brook was; how capricious, how playful, how furtive!

  • The pink plump face was contorted in a furtive grimace of deprecation.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I stayed with her, casting displeased and furtive glances at the Prince.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for furtive

furtive

/ˈfɜːtɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by stealth; sly and secretive
Derived Forms
furtively, adverb
furtiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin furtīvus stolen, clandestine, from furtum a theft, from fūr a thief; related to Greek phōr thief
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Word Origin and History for furtive
adj.

late 15c. (implied in furtively), from French furtif, from Latin furtivus "stolen, hidden, secret," from furtum "theft, robbery," from fur (genitive furis) "thief," probably from PIE *bhor-, from root *bher- (1) "to carry" (see infer). Related: Furtiveness.

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