The definition of furtive is doing something in a sneaky or hidden way.
An example of furtive is a deal that is made between two lawyers, without the awareness of their firms.
done or acting in a stealthy manner, as if to hinder observation; surreptitious; stealthy; sneaky
Origin of furtiveFrench furtif ; from Classical Latin furtivus, stolen, hidden ; from furtum, theft ; from fur, a thief ; from Indo-European an unverified form bh?r- (from source Classical Greek ph?r) ; from base an unverified form bher-, to bear: hence, origin, originally , one who carries off
Characterized by, acting with, or suggesting stealth or a desire to avoid discovery; surreptitious: “J.W. from time to time gave her a furtive squeeze of the hand, but they never got to go out alone any more” (John Dos Passos). See Synonyms at secret.
Origin of furtiveFrench furtif, from Old French, from Latin f&umacron;rt&imacron;vus, from f&umacron;rtum, theft, from f&umacron;r, thief; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more furtive, superlative most furtive)