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stealthy

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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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Examples from the Web for stealthy

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  • The girl looked up for a second with another of her fleeting, stealthy glances.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Mingwe was the name by which they were known to other tribes, and means "stealthy," "treacherous."

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He was repulsive; he was stealthy, hard, cruel, in appearance.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • The door was pushed open, and I caught the advance of a stealthy step.


British Dictionary definitions for stealthy

stealthy

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 stealthy

adj.

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

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