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stealthy

[stel-thee]
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adjective, stealth·i·er, stealth·i·est.
  1. done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive: stealthy footsteps.

Origin of stealthy

First recorded in 1595–1605; stealth + -y1
Related formsstealth·i·ly, adverbstealth·i·ness, nounun·stealth·i·ly, adverbun·stealth·i·ness, nounun·stealth·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stealthier

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Historical Examples

  • Wandering freshmen from the Yale campus frequently mistook it for the home office of one of the stealthier secret societies.

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

  • His movements as he crossed the floor were stealthier than those which still persisted in the bedroom.

    The Gray Mask

    Wadsworth Camp

  • He winced once to see his own shadow with its stealthier movement.

    The Phantoms Of The Foot-Bridge

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • Her caution seemed to be justified a moment later, for a heavier but stealthier footstep halted outside.


British Dictionary definitions for stealthier

stealthy

adjective stealthier or stealthiest
  1. characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
Derived Formsstealthily, adverbstealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stealthier

stealthy

adj.

c.1600, from stealth + -y (2). Related: Stealthily; stealthiness.

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