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FURTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does furtive mean? 

FURTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective FURTIVE has 2 senses:

1. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
2. secret and sly or sordid

  Familiarity information: FURTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FURTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1furtive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

Synonyms:

furtive; sneak; stealthy; surreptitious; sneaky

Context examples:

a furtive manner / a sneak attack / stealthy footsteps / a surreptitious glance at his watch

Similar:

concealed (hidden on any grounds for any motive)


Sense 2furtive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secret and sly or sordid

Synonyms:

backstair; backstairs; furtive

Context examples:

backstairs gossip / his low backstairs cunning / backstairs intimacies / furtive behavior

Similar:

covert (secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed)


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