An example of surreptitious behavior is sneaking cookies before dinner after you were told not to snack between meals.
- done, gotten, made, etc. in a secret, stealthy way; clandestine
- acting in a secret, stealthy way
Origin of surreptitiousMiddle English surrepticious from Classical Latin surrepticius from surreptus, past participle of surripere, to take away secretly from sub- (see sub-) + rapere, to seize (see rape)
Origin of surreptitiousMiddle English from Latin surreptīcius from surreptus past participle of surripere to take away secretly sub- secretly ; see sub- . rapere to seize ; see rep- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more surreptitious, superlative most surreptitious)
From Latin surrepticius (“stolen, furtive, clandestine"), from surreptus, past participle of surripere ("seize secretly, steal, pilfer"), from sub- ("under") + rapere ("to snatch").