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[ snee-king ]


  1. acting in a furtive or underhand way.
  2. deceitfully underhand, as actions; contemptible.
  3. secret; not generally avowed, as a feeling, notion, suspicion, etc.


/ ˈsniːkɪŋ /


  1. acting in a furtive or cowardly way
  2. secret

    a sneaking desire to marry a millionaire

  3. slight but nagging (esp in the phrase a sneaking suspicion )

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsneakingness, noun
  • ˈsneakingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • sneaking·ly adverb
  • sneaking·ness noun
  • un·sneaking adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sneaking1

First recorded in 1575–85; sneak + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Early testing around the office shows the legs and torso sneaking, bouncing, shuffling and strutting through Imagineering.

There’s a lot of joy that I see in their interviews together, about their story, how they met, the sneaking around… it almost becomes like a “Great Muppet Caper.”

I soon saw why and could not resist sneaking a few candid shots.

In particular, Skylar had been caught frequently sneaking out of her first-floor bedroom window at night.

And I have a sneaking suspicion that you're not being all that helpful with health care implementation.

Instead, may we suggest pulling a Ferris Bueller and sneaking out for a day on the town?

Does anyone else feel Pippa Middleton's profile quietly sneaking back up again?

Why not have kept him here among the rest, and made a sneaking, snivelling pickpocket of him at once?

"And I'll tell what I know about your sneaking in and out of the dormitories at night," added Paxton.

Osborne is a sneaking Yankee, an abolitionist, and the old fool can't keep his mouth shut.

Literature, I do believe hes been and done some low-down, sneaking good action.

I never waited for to look further, but uncocked my gun and went sneaking back on my tiptoes as fast as ever I could.


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