Furtive meaning

fûrtĭv
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.

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Characterized by, acting with, or suggesting stealth or a desire to avoid discovery; surreptitious.
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Done or acting in a stealthy manner, as if to hinder observation; surreptitious; stealthy; sneaky.
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Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.
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Origin of furtive

  • French furtif from Old French from Latin fūrtīvus from fūrtum theft from fūr thief bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French furtif (“stealthy”), From Latin fūrtīvus (“stolen”), from fūrtum (“theft”), from fūr (“thief”).

    From Wiktionary