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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surreptitiously, sneakilyadverb

    in a surreptitious manner

    "he was watching her surreptitiously as she waited in the hotel lobby"


  1. surreptitiouslyadverb

    In a surreptitious manner; stealthily, furtively, secretly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Surreptitiouslyadverb

    By stealth; fraudulently.

    Etymology: from surreptitious.

    Thou hast got it more surreptitiously than he did, and with less effect. Govern. of the Tongue.


  1. surreptitiously

    Surreptitiously refers to actions performed in a secret or stealthy way to avoid notice or detection, often with an implication of deceit or dishonesty. It includes behavior that is intended to escape observation or to remain hidden.

Editors Contribution

  1. surreptitiously

    Adverb that means to do something secretively, making efforts to hide it.

    The family planned a surreptitious meeting, hours before the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom met surreptitiously before the wedding.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 7, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surreptitiously in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surreptitiously in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of surreptitiously in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    This action is long overdue and follows an inexplicable series of events in which the White House played a role in selectively and surreptitiously providing the documents to our Chairman (Nunes), the White House has yet to explain why it attempted to conceal its role in the compilation of these materials. The White House is not a whistleblower and nothing that I was shown justifies such duplicitous conduct.

  2. Sophie Richardson:

    The mandatory databanking of a whole population’s biodata, including DNA, is a gross violation of international human rights norms, and it’s even more disturbing if it is done surreptitiously, under the guise of a free health care program.

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