Definitions for furtiveˈfɜr tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fur•tiveˈfɜr tɪv(adj.)

  1. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret:

    a furtive glance.

  2. sly; shifty:

    a furtive manner.

Origin of furtive:

1480–90; < L furtīvus, der. of furtum theft

fur′tive•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. furtive, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious(adj)

    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

    "a furtive manner"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"

  2. backstair, backstairs, furtive(adj)

    secret and sly or sordid

    "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior"

Wiktionary

  1. furtive(Adjective)

    stealthy

  2. furtive(Adjective)

    Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

  3. Origin: From furtif, From furtivus, from furtum, from fur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Furtive(adj)

    stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy; as, a furtive look


Translations for furtive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

furtive(adjective)

secretive; avoiding attention

a furtive action/look.

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