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[stel-thee] /ˈstɛl θi/
adjective, stealthier, stealthiest.
done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:
stealthy footsteps.
Origin of stealthy
First recorded in 1595-1605; stealth + -y1
Related forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
unstealthily, adverb
unstealthiness, noun
unstealthy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Wandering freshmen from the Yale campus frequently mistook it for the home office of one of the stealthier secret societies.

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for stealthier


adjective stealthier, stealthiest
characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
Derived Forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stealthier



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

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