surreptitious

[sur-uh p-tish-uh s]

adjective

obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance.
acting in a stealthy way.
obtained by subreption; subreptitious.

Nearby words

  1. surrebuttal,
  2. surrebutter,
  3. surrejoinder,
  4. surrender,
  5. surrender value,
  6. surrey,
  7. surrogacy,
  8. surrogate,
  9. surrogate mother,
  10. surround

Origin of surreptitious

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin surreptīcius stolen, clandestine, equivalent to surrept(us), past participle of surripere to steal, (sur- sur-2 + rep-, combining form of rapere to snatch, rape1 + -tus past participle suffix) + -īcius -itious

Related formssur·rep·ti·tious·ly, adverbsur·rep·ti·tious·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for surreptitious

surreptitious

adjective

done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
operating by stealth
characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
Derived Formssurreptitiously, adverbsurreptitiousness, noun

Word Origin for surreptitious

C15: from Latin surreptīcius furtive, from surripere to steal, from sub- secretly + rapere to snatch

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Word Origin and History for surreptitious

surreptitious

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin surrepticius "stolen, furtive, clandestine," from surreptus, past participle of surripere "seize secretly," from sub "from under" (hence, "secretly") + rapere "to snatch" (see rapid). Related: Surreptitiously.

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