surreptitious

[ sur-uh p-tish-uh s ]
/ ˌsɜr əpˈtɪʃ əs /

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 surreptitiously

surreptitious

/ (ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs) /

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 surreptitiously

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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