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[snee-kee] /ˈsni ki/
adjective, sneakier, sneakiest.
like or suggestive of a sneak; furtive; deceitful.
Origin of sneaky
First recorded in 1825-35; sneak + -y1
Related forms
sneakily, adverb
sneakiness, noun
unsneaky, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And so perhaps you would be Saladin, and he can be Sir Kenneth, though he's too sneaky for him, too.

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  • sneaky, you run down to the brook and get some water,” she commanded.

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  • “You have done well by the pack, sneaky,” he announced finally.

    Washer the Raccoon

    George Ethelbert Walsh
  • She was going to speak for her foster child, and not let sneaky introduce him.

    Washer the Raccoon

    George Ethelbert Walsh
  • He was safe there from sneaky, Gray Wolf and the whole pack.

    Washer the Raccoon

    George Ethelbert Walsh
Word Origin and History for sneaky

1833, from sneak (v.) + -y (2). Related: Sneakily; sneakiness. Sneaky Pete "cheap liquor" is from 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Furtive; shifty; deceptive: I never trusted that sneaky little weasel (1833+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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