stealthy

[ stel-thee ]
/ ˈstɛl θi /

adjective, stealth·i·er, stealth·i·est.

done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive: stealthy footsteps.

Nearby words

  1. stealingly,
  2. stealth,
  3. stealth bomber,
  4. stealth tax,
  5. stealth technology,
  6. steam,
  7. steam bath,
  8. steam beer,
  9. steam boiler,
  10. steam chest

Origin of stealthy

First recorded in 1595–1605; stealth + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for stealthy

stealthy

/ (ˈstɛlθɪ) /

adjective stealthier or stealthiest

characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
Derived Formsstealthily, adverbstealthiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for stealthy

stealthy

adj.

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

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