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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 ?
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 instant this was done they issued through the broken gateway, and stealing out by a direction opposite to the one by which they entered, they quitted the spot, the sisters casting furtive glances at the silent, grave and crumbling ruin, as they left the soft light of the moon, to bury themselves in the gloom of the woods.
As he still nervously retained the two hands he had grasped, this would have been a difficult feat, even had he not endeavored at the same moment, by a backward furtive kick, to propel the hat out of the window, at which she laughingly broke from his grasp and flew to the rescue.
The "young un" alluded to heard all these comments with the subdued and doleful air which seemed habitual to her, only scanning, with a keen and furtive glance of her flickering eyes, the ornaments which Jane wore in her ears.
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.
He worshipped this new angel with furtive eye, till he saw that she had discovered him; then he pre- tended he did not know she was present, and began to "show off" in all sorts of absurd boyish ways, in order to win her admiration.
The diplomas had been presented, and each girl, after giving furtive touches to her hair, sly tweaks to her muslin skirts, and caressing pats to her sash, had gone forward to receive the roll of parchment with a bow that had been the subject of anxious thought for weeks.
She suddenly looked up, with a furtive light in her eyes, with a threatening smile on her lips.
Now I am in the garden at the back, beyond the yard where the empty pigeon-house and dog-kennel are - a very preserve of butterflies, as I remember it, with a high fence, and a gate and padlock; where the fruit clusters on the trees, riper and richer than fruit has ever been since, in any other garden, and where my mother gathers some in a basket, while I stand by, bolting furtive gooseberries, and trying to look unmoved.
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.
By mid- day they passed through Tillingham, which, strangely enough, seemed to be quite silent and deserted, save for a few furtive plunderers hunting for food.
It appeared however to Milady that in one of the furtive glances she darted from time to time at the grating of the door she thought she saw the ardent eyes of the young man through the narrow opening.