- acting in a furtive or underhand way.
- deceitfully underhand, as actions; contemptible.
- secret; not generally avowed, as a feeling, notion, suspicion, etc.
Origin of sneaking
- to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk.
- to act in a furtive or underhand way.
- British Informal. to tattle; inform.
- to move, put, pass, etc., in a stealthy or furtive manner: He sneaked the gun into his pocket.
- to do, take, or enjoy hurriedly or surreptitiously: to sneak a cigarette.
Origin of sneak
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Examples from the Web for sneaking
And I have a sneaking suspicion that you're not being all that helpful with health care implementation.A U.S. Thanksgiving—Family Style: Fractious but Friendly
November 24, 2013
Instead, may we suggest pulling a Ferris Bueller and sneaking out for a day on the town?How to Play Hooky at the G20 Summit: A Guide to St. Petersburg
September 4, 2013
After sneaking through a tunnel, the mark emerges in an alleyway.‘Shadow Dancer’ Explores Post-Thatcher’s London During the Troubles
May 31, 2013
Prince Charles seems to be making a habit out of sneaking surprisingly candid announcements out on his new website.Prince Charles's Latest Online Announcement: Let Me Get Started
November 27, 2012
But all that sneaking around and whispers about a love child certainly kept things interesting for a time.A Crying Toddler Viral Video Reflects Cranky, Exhausting Election
November 2, 2012
Believes herself to have a sneaking kindness for Hickman: and why.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
What do you mean by sneaking around here this time of night?Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
My-Boots and the Gaudrons went down to the dance with Boche sneaking along after them.L'Assommoir
"You should not be sneaking around," the German said sharply.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
I leave the sneaking off to them soft-spoken chaps you're thinking of.One Day More
- acting in a furtive or cowardly way
- secreta sneaking desire to marry a millionaire
- slight but nagging (esp in the phrase a sneaking suspicion)
- (intr; often foll by along, off, in, etc) to move furtively
- (intr) to behave in a cowardly or underhand manner
- (tr) to bring, take, or put stealthily
- (intr) informal, mainly British to tell tales (esp in schools)
- (tr) informal to steal
- (intr; foll by off, out, away, etc) informal to leave unobtrusively
- a person who acts in an underhand or cowardly manner, esp as an informer
- a stealthy act or movement
- (as modifier)a sneak attack
- British informal an unobtrusive departure
Word Origin and History for sneaking
1550s (implied in sneakish), perhaps from some dialectal survival of Middle English sniken "to creep, crawl" (c.1200), related to Old English snican "to sneak along, creep, crawl," from Proto-Germanic *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake (n.). Of feelings, suspicions, etc., from 1748. Transitive sense, "to partake of surreptitiously" is from 1883. Related: Sneaking. Sneak-thief first recorded 1859; sneak-preview is from 1938.
"a sneaking person; mean, contemptible fellow," 1640s, from sneak (v.).