furtive

[ fur-tiv ]
/ ˈfɜr tɪv /

adjective

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

Origin of furtive

1480–90; < Latin furtīvus, equivalent to furt(um) theft (compare fūr thief) + -īvus -ive
Related formsfur·tive·ly, adverbfur·tive·ness, noun
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furtive

/ (ˈfɜːtɪv) /

adjective

characterized by stealth; sly and secretive
Derived Formsfurtively, 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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Word Origin and History for furtive

furtive


adj.

late 15c. (implied in furtively), from French furtif, from Latin furtivus "stolen, hidden, secret," from furtum "theft, robbery," from fur (genitive furis) "thief," probably from PIE *bhor-, from root *bher- (1) "to carry" (see infer). Related: Furtiveness.

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