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[ stel-thee ]


, stealth·i·er, stealth·i·est.
  1. done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:

    stealthy footsteps.


/ ˈstɛlθɪ /


  1. characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈstealthiness, noun
  • ˈstealthily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • stealth·i·ly [stel, -thi-lee], adverb
  • stealth·i·ness noun
  • un·stealth·i·ness noun
  • un·stealth·y adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of stealthy1

First recorded in 1595–1605; stealth + -y 1
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Example Sentences

The hackers were extraordinarily stealthy and specific in targeting, which is why it took so long to catch them—and why it’s taking so long to understand their full impact.

Richard has been with Northrop since 1995 and has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the development of the stealthy B-2 bomber.

Aaron maintained a stealthy, behind-the-scenes connection to politics and civil rights.

These relatively ancient aircraft still figure prominently into the Air Force’s plans for its bomber fleet, even as it looks to a future with the stealthy new B-21 Raider.

Then a detector weighing tons was put in the path of the beam, sufficiently massive to ensure that even the stealthy, ghostlike neutrinos would hit something, provided enough of them were aimed at it.

Another Air Force official with experience on the stealthy new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter agreed.

This stealthy network is known as The Family or The Fellowship.

Particularly, its stealthy coatings make it a maintenance hog.

In the case of the Comanche, it turned out that even the Army did not want a radar-stealthy helicopter.

In 2011, it captured a highly advanced “stealthy” American RQ-170 on its territory.

The shadows lengthened and crept out like stealthy, grotesque monsters across the grass.

He never saw the sign that madame made to her son, never so much as noticed Marius's stealthy progress towards the door.

The door at the foot had been closed by a careful hand, and I felt, rather than heard, the stealthy pushing of a bolt across it.

"He acts—in a—a stealthy way," said Grace, striving for the exact words to express her meaning.

Then he thought that he heard rustlings at both sides of the clearing, stealthy sounds of stalking that closed in toward him.


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