- obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance.
- acting in a stealthy way.
- obtained by subreption; subreptitious.
Origin of surreptitious
Examples from the Web for surreptitiously
Contemporary Examples of surreptitiously
Egan claims he was forced to consume alcohol and drugs, while drugs were also surreptitiously added to drinks he consumed.New Hollywood Sex Scandal: Bryan Singer’s Accuser Files Another Suit
June 10, 2014
Then, shuffling, she surreptitiously grabs the one he chose with her mouth while pretending to cut the deck.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
A man sat opposite her, took out his phone, and surreptitiously photographed her eating.All You Need to Be a Modern Digital Stalker Is a Smartphone
April 10, 2014
Before breaking her heart a second time, he surreptitiously mined intimate details from her life to include in the tale.9 Works Inspired by Writers’ Love Lives
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 14, 2014
His surreptitiously recorded "47 percent" remarks were the perfect expression of radical Tea Party ideology.Carl Bernstein on Mitt Romney's Radicalism
November 1, 2012
Historical Examples of surreptitiously
The best of them he contrived to deal with himself, secretly and surreptitiously.The Manxman
Surreptitiously Naomi pinched her hip till it felt black and blue.Tree, Spare that Woodman
As softly and as surreptitiously as it begins to rain on a cloudy day, she was crying.
He and his wife were taking lessons from Prue surreptitiously at their own home.
Why, indeed, was she back in England surreptitiously, and in that neighbourhood?The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
- done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
- operating by stealth
- characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
Word Origin for surreptitious
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.