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furtive

[ fur-tiv ]
/ ˈfɜr tɪv /
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adjective

taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret: a furtive glance.
sly; shifty: a furtive manner.

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Origin of furtive

First recorded in 1480–90; from Latin furtīvus, equivalent to furt(um) “theft” (compare fūr “thief”) + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM furtive

fur·tive·ly, adverbfur·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for furtive

furtive
/ (ˈfɜːtɪv) /

adjective

characterized by stealth; sly and secretive

Derived forms of furtive

furtively, adverbfurtiveness, noun

Word Origin for furtive

C15: from Latin furtīvus stolen, clandestine, from furtum a theft, from fūr a thief; related to Greek phōr thief
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