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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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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.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • 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)
  • There was a stealthiness in the performance that roused him to vigilance.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • After this walking was easier, but stealthiness made their progress slow.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
  • He stepped with the stealthiness of a cat toward the group surrounding the Master Workman.


    Sutton E. Griggs
  • Then with the stealthiness of a cat he opened the door and peered into the hall, listening intently.

  • I thought only of gaining each successive moment and concentrated all my faculties into an effort of stealthiness.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for stealthiness


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 stealthiness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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