Surreptitious Definition

Done, gotten, made, etc. in a secret, stealthy way; clandestine.
Webster's New World
Acting in a secret, stealthy way.
Webster's New World

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

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