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fur·tive

 (fûr′tĭv)
adj.
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.

[French furtif, from Old French, from Latin fūrtīvus, from fūrtum, theft, from fūr, thief; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

fur′tive·ly adv.
fur′tive·ness n.

furtive

(ˈfɜːtɪv)
adj
characterized by stealth; sly and secretive
[C15: from Latin furtīvus stolen, clandestine, from furtum a theft, from fūr a thief; related to Greek phōr thief]
ˈfurtively adv
ˈfurtiveness n

fur•tive

(ˈfɜr tɪv)

adj.
1. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret: a furtive glance.
2. sly; shifty: a furtive manner.
[1480–90; < Latin furtīvus, derivative of furtum theft]
fur′tive•ly, adv.
fur′tive•ness, n.

furtive

- Someone who is furtive literally "carries things away like a thief."
See also related terms for thief.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.furtive - marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"
concealed - hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"
2.furtive - secret and sly or sordidfurtive - secret and sly or sordid; "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"

furtive

furtive

adjective
1. So slow, deliberate, and secret as to escape observation:
2. Trickily secret:
Translations
خَفي، ماكِر
kradmýtajný
fordækt
laumulegur
slepenszaglīgs
hırsızlamakaçamak

furtive

[ˈfɜːtɪv] ADJ [glance, action] → furtivo; [person] → sospechoso

furtive

[ˈfɜːrtɪv] adj [glance, manner] → furtif/ive; [meeting] → furtif/ive

furtive

adj actionheimlich; behaviour, personheimlichtuerisch; (= suspicious)verdächtig; lookverstohlen; his furtive eyessein ausweichender Blick

furtive

[ˈfɜːtɪv] adj (glance, action) → furtivo/a; (person) → circospetto/a

furtive

(ˈfəːtiv) adjective
secretive; avoiding attention. a furtive action/look.
References in classic literature ?
Monty's head was wagging feebly and he was casting continually little, furtive glances towards the town.
I saw young girls stealing furtive glances at her; I saw young men gaze long and absorbedly at her; I saw aged, infirm men hang upon her charms with a pathetic interest.
But there was some foolishness here; she was come without the knowledge of her husband, as her furtive manner indicated, to a meeting she dreaded and was ashamed to tell him of; she was come into danger; then it must be to save, not herself but him; the folly to be concealed could never have been Mary's.
Nevertheless, I stole furtive glances behind me now and then to see that no avenging mate, older and bigger than my quarry, was racing up from the rear.
The next instant he was out, and "going on" like an Indian; yelling, laughing, chasing boys, jumping over the fence at risk of life and limb, throwing handsprings, standing on his head -- doing all the heroic things he could conceive of, and keeping a furtive eye out, all the while, to see if Becky Thatcher was noticing.
As I stared at them, they met my gaze; and then first one and then another turned away from my direct stare, and looked at me in an odd, furtive manner.
He was a young man with furtive eyes and a sullen look.
And with a furtive glance at his son's face, the count went out of the room.
I think they both cried a little in a furtive manner, while Dorothea ran down-stairs to greet her uncle.
He stood in the shadow of one of the sheds, looking about him with quick furtive glances, as though anxious to assure himself that there was no one around who was taking a noticeable interest in his movements.
I have always the strangest feeling that just outside the circle of light, just over its edge in the darkness, I am surrounded by a ring of furtive, sinister things, watching me from the shadows with hostile eyes.
Henry's inner life had long laid open to her--his intellectual confusion, his obtuseness to personal influence, his strong but furtive passions.