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[snee-king] /ˈsni kɪŋ/
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
First recorded in 1575-85; sneak + -ing2
Related forms
sneakingly, adverb
sneakingness, noun
unsneaking, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sneakingly
Historical Examples
  • Alfred interrupted her by sneakingly inquiring as to how she liked the sermon.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • He goes about, like the cat in the fable, 'pede suspenso,' sneakingly and cautiously!

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • But to say he couldn't was so sneakingly good that I don't believe it of him.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • Then he knew that to tell Locke he did not care to go to the island and later to go by himself would have been sneakingly selfish.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • Every one started, and Grump's countenance did not gather amiability as he sneakingly noticed the general distrust.

  • There are two Robs in me; one is sneakingly cowardly, and wants only to curl up in a hole and hide; and the other says: 'S't, boy!

    The Little Grey House

    Marion Ames Taggart
  • It means that I'm not a mean, cowardly dog; that I don't go to a woman with a lie in my mouth, and sneakingly deceive her!

    Eveline Mandeville

    Alvin Addison
  • In my heart of hearts, way down underneath, I am kind of sneakingly sorry for Harry Townsend.

  • And have you not lately aided privately and sneakingly my Rebel Subjects in Corsica?

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
British Dictionary definitions for sneakingly


acting in a furtive or cowardly way
secret: a sneaking desire to marry a millionaire
slight but nagging (esp in the phrase a sneaking suspicion)
Derived Forms
sneakingly, adverb
sneakingness, noun
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