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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 stealthiness

Historical Examples

  • The movement had in it something of the stealthiness of an animal crouching to spring.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales

    C. Bryson Taylor

  • Myron drew forth his watch, and looked at it with a stealthiness he could not explain.

  • The stealthiness of the process blinded us, however, to what was happening.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer

    George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)

  • His stealthiness was the result of the rain, for he came in rubbers!

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • Your stealthiness has made the ass bray at us instead of with and for us.

    The Great God Success

    John Graham (David Graham Phillips)


British Dictionary definitions for stealthiness

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 stealthiness

stealthy

adj.

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

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