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stealthy

[stel-thee] /ˈstɛl θi/
adjective, stealthier, stealthiest.
1.
done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:
stealthy footsteps.
Origin of stealthy
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; stealth + -y1
Related forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
unstealthily, adverb
unstealthiness, noun
unstealthy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stealthy
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  • The girl looked up for a second with another of her fleeting, stealthy glances.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Mingwe was the name by which they were known to other tribes, and means "stealthy," "treacherous."

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He was repulsive; he was stealthy, hard, cruel, in appearance.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • The door was pushed open, and I caught the advance of a stealthy step.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for stealthy

stealthy

/ˈstɛlθɪ/
adjective stealthier, stealthiest
1.
characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
Derived Forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stealthy
adj.

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

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