Surreptitious meaning

sûrəp-tĭshəs
Acting in a secret, stealthy way.
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The definition of surreptitious is something that is done in secret or that is kept quiet.

An example of surreptitious behavior is sneaking cookies before dinner after you were told not to snack between meals.

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Stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements).
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Done, gotten, made, etc. in a secret, stealthy way; clandestine.
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Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
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Origin of surreptitious

  • Middle English from Latin surreptīcius from surreptus past participle of surripere to take away secretly sub- secretly sub– rapere to seize rep- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin surrepticius (“stolen, furtive, clandestine"), from surreptus, past participle of surripere ("seize secretly, steal, pilfer"), from sub- ("under") + rapere ("to snatch").

    From Wiktionary