furtive
I adjective backstair, catlike, clandestine, cloaked, concealed, covert, crafty, cunning, deceitful, evasive, feline, furtivus, hangdog, hidden, indirect, insidious, masked, mysterious, private, secret, secretive, shady, shifty, shrouded, sly, sneaking, sneaky, stealthy, subtle, surreptitious, thievish, undercover, underground, underhand, undisclosed, unobtrusive, unrevealed, unseen, veiled II index clandestine, collusive, covert, evasive, fraudulent, insidious, mysterious, oblique (evasive), privy, secret, sly, stealthy, surreptitious

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  • Furtive — Fur tive, a. [L. furtivus, fr. furtum theft, fr. fur thief, akin to ferre to bear: cf. F. furtif. See {Fertile}.] Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy; as, a furtive look. Prior. [1913 Webster] A hasty and furtive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furtive — late 15c. (implied in furtively), from Fr. furtif, from L. furtivus stolen, hidden, secret, from furtum theft, robbery, from fur (gen. furis) thief, probably from PIE *bhor , from root *bher (1) to carry. Related: Furtiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • furtive — stealthy, clandestine, surreptitious, underhand, underhanded, *secret, covert Analogous words: *sly, cunning, crafty, wily, guileful, artful: *cautious, calculating, wary, circumspect: disguised, cloaked, masked (see DISGUISE vb) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • furtive — [adj] sneaky, secretive artful, calculating, cautious, circumspect, clandestine, cloaked, conspiratorial, covert, crafty*, creepy*, cunning, disguised, elusive, evasive, foxy, guileful, hidden, hush hush*, insidious, masked, scheming, shifty*,… …   New thesaurus

  • furtive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ characterized by guilty or evasive secrecy; stealthy. DERIVATIVES furtively adverb furtiveness noun. ORIGIN Latin furtivus, from furtum theft …   English terms dictionary

  • furtive — [fʉr′tiv] adj. [Fr furtif < L furtivus, stolen, hidden < furtum, theft < fur, a thief < IE * bhōr (> Gr phōr) < base * bher , to BEAR1: hence, orig., one who carries off] done or acting in a stealthy manner, as if to hinder… …   English World dictionary

  • furtive — ● furtif, furtive adjectif (latin furtivus, dérobé, de fur, furis, voleur) Qui se fait rapidement, à la dérobée, de manière à échapper à l attention : Une larme furtive. Littéraire. Qui passe rapidement, presque inaperçu : Des apparitions… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • furtive — fur|tive [ˈfə:tıv US ˈfə:r ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: furtif, from Latin fur thief ] behaving as if you want to keep something secret = ↑secretive ▪ There was something furtive about his actions. furtive glances/looks ▪ Chris kept… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • furtive — adjective behaving as if you want to keep something secret: There was something furtive about his appearance. | furtive glances/looks: Christine kept stealing furtive glances at me. furtively adverb furtiveness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • furtive — furtively, adv. furtiveness, n. /ferr tiv/, adj. 1. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret: a furtive glance. 2. sly; shifty: a furtive manner. [1480 90; < L furtivus, equiv. to furt(um) theft (cf. fur thief) + ivus IVE] …   Universalium

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