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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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  • The stealthy footfalls told Elmer that his foe was heading straight for the river bank and that he was in the Ute's path.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
  • Opening the hall door with stealthy fingers, she stepped into the vestibule.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • Here and there were stealthy games of tit-tat-toe, practiced, doubtless, behind the teacher's back.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • Then he went on, below me, lifting his feet in slow and stealthy strides.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • He groaned audibly, and left the apartment with the stealthy step and subdued deportment of a proclaimed criminal.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
British Dictionary definitions for stealthy


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 stealthy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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