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adj. sneak·i·er, sneak·i·est
Furtive; surreptitious.

sneak′i·ly adv.
sneak′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sneakiness - a disposition to be sly and stealthy and to do things surreptitiously
secretiveness, closeness - characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)


1. The act of proceeding slowly, deliberately, and secretly to escape observation:
مَكْر، خِداع


(sniːk) verb
1. to go quietly and secretly, especially for a dishonest purpose. He must have sneaked into my room when no-one was looking and stolen the money.
2. to take secretly. He sneaked the letter out of her drawer.
a mean, deceitful person, especially a telltale.
ˈsneakers noun plural
soft shoes with soles made of rubber, rope etc. He was wearing blue jeans and sneakers.
ˈsneaking adjective
(of a feeling) slight but not easy to suppress. She knew he was wicked but she had a sneaking admiration for his courage.
ˈsneaky adjective
It was a bit sneaky of him to tell the teacher about me.
ˈsneakiness noun
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