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adjective, sneak·i·er, sneak·i·est.
  1. like or suggestive of a sneak; furtive; deceitful.
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Origin of sneaky

First recorded in 1825–35; sneak + -y1
Related formssneak·i·ly, adverbsneak·i·ness, nounun·sneak·y, adjective
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Related Words for sneaky

tricky, sly, devious, shifty, nasty, disingenuous, base, contemptible, cowardly, deceitful, double-dealing, duplicitous, furtive, indirect, low, malicious, mean, recreant, secretive, slippery

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Contemporary Examples of sneaky

Historical Examples of sneaky

  • And so perhaps you would be Saladin, and he can be Sir Kenneth, though he's too sneaky for him, too.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards

  • He was safe there from Sneaky, Gray Wolf and the whole pack.

    Washer the Raccoon 

    George Ethelbert Walsh

  • She was going to speak for her foster child, and not let Sneaky introduce him.

    Washer the Raccoon 

    George Ethelbert Walsh

  • “You have done well by the pack, Sneaky,” he announced finally.

    Washer the Raccoon 

    George Ethelbert Walsh

  • Sneaky, you run down to the brook and get some water,” she commanded.

    Washer the Raccoon 

    George Ethelbert Walsh

Word Origin and History for sneaky


1833, from sneak (v.) + -y (2). Related: Sneakily; sneakiness. Sneaky Pete "cheap liquor" is from 1949.

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