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
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
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 fūrtīvus from fūrtum theft from fūr thief ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more furtive, superlative most furtive)
- The records showed furtive criminal activity.
- She gave a furtive look at the deserted shops on the opposite side of the road.
- He watched her furtive glances, waiting for the signal to approach.
- This blatancy factor, embedded in UFO waves, alternates with periods in which UFO behavior seems more subtle, even furtive.
- His furtive eyes and jutting chin capture the two sides of the man: a craven, clever bully.