- obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance.
- acting in a stealthy way.
- obtained by subreption; subreptitious.
Origin of surreptitious
Examples from the Web for surreptitious
Last month I turned and faced their surreptitious security: “Catch any thieves today?”‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
They refused until they had “achieved their surreptitious climax.”Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’
October 8, 2012
But by 1953, with McCarthyism and the second Red Scare in full swing, the FBI moved from surreptitious research to direct contact.Inside Howard Zinn's FBI Files
July 30, 2010
Maddalena hid the death-charm once more with a movement that was surreptitious.A Spirit in Prison
But he did not complete his reference to last night's surreptitious conversation.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
With his sandalled foot the friar caught the fool a surreptitious kick.Love-at-Arms
I'm persuaded they're playing some deep and surreptitious game at present.For the Sake of the School</p>
She was in the lowest of spirits, and blinked away some surreptitious tears.The New Girl at St. Chad's
- done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
- operating by stealth
- characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
Word Origin and History for surreptitious
mid-15c., from Latin surrepticius "stolen, furtive, clandestine," from surreptus, past participle of surripere "seize secretly," from sub "from under" (hence, "secretly") + rapere "to snatch" (see rapid). Related: Surreptitiously.