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adjective, stealth·i·er, stealth·i·est.
  1. done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive: stealthy footsteps.
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Origin of stealthy

First recorded in 1595–1605; stealth + -y1
Related formsstealth·i·ly, adverbstealth·i·ness, nounun·stealth·i·ly, adverbun·stealth·i·ness, nounun·stealth·y, adjective
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Related Words for stealthily

quietly, clandestinely, surreptitiously, covertly, privately, personally, furtively, stealthily, shrewdly, secretly, confidentially, cunningly, craftily, hush-hush, intimately, obscurely, slyly, insidiously, privily, unobserved

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British Dictionary definitions for stealthily


adjective stealthier or stealthiest
  1. characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
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Derived Formsstealthily, adverbstealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stealthily



c.1600, from stealth + -y (2). Related: Stealthily; stealthiness.

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