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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for stealthiness

slyness, furtiveness, covertness

Examples from the Web for stealthiness

Historical Examples of stealthiness

  • The movement had in it something of the stealthiness of an animal crouching to spring.

  • Myron drew forth his watch, and looked at it with a stealthiness he could not explain.

  • The stealthiness of the process blinded us, however, to what was happening.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer

    George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)

  • His stealthiness was the result of the rain, for he came in rubbers!

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • Your stealthiness has made the ass bray at us instead of with and for us.

    The Great God Success

    John Graham (David Graham Phillips)

British Dictionary definitions for stealthiness


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



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

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