Origin of furtive
Examples from the Web for furtive
He fancied himself a Marxist, lived in rooming houses under aliases and was a furtive, nasty man.
Here is real, unmistakable nastiness of a fetid, furtive kind, whispered in corners after a cautious glance over the shoulder.
The handwriting clearly belonged to an unstable, conniving, furtive, shallow creep.
And it is Mark and Scott—not “Chad and Ted”—who partake of cigarettes and “furtive man-on-man action.”Best New York Times Corrections Ever: 'The Shining,' Twilight Sparkle & More|Josh Dzieza|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sanger turned birth control from a furtive, underground pursuit into an international movement.
Sham Rao cast a furtive, timid look round him; and his voice, when he answered our questions, was somewhat tremulous.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan|Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
Again the priest and the doctor stole a furtive glance across the young minister's head.The Damnation of Theron Ware|Harold Frederic
Impelled by the strength of her love, from time to time she casts a furtive glance upon the face of her lover.The Tiger Hunter|Mayne Reid
The girl must have been sensible of my furtive regards, for at last she laid down the sewing and looked up sharply.The Mistress of Bonaventure|Harold Bindloss
Knowing that in the interval of getting phone connections they would be beset with furtive questions from a curious executive.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for furtive
Word Origin for furtive
Word Origin and History for furtive
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.