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 Dictionary entry overview: What does surreptitious mean? 

  The adjective SURREPTITIOUS has 2 senses:

1. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
2. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

  Familiarity information: SURREPTITIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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


furtive; sneak; stealthy; surreptitious; sneaky

Context examples:

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


concealed (hidden on any grounds for any motive)

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Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods


clandestine; undercover; hush-hush; cloak-and-dagger; hugger-mugger; underground; surreptitious; secret; hole-and-corner

Context examples:

clandestine intelligence operations / cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines / hole-and-corner intrigue / secret missions / a secret agent / secret sales of arms / surreptitious mobilization of troops / an undercover investigation / underground resistance


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

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