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surreptitious

adjective

  1. (concealed)  marked by quiet, caution, and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
    Synonyms: furtive, sneak [attributive], sneaky, stealthy. Similar to: concealed
  2. (covert)  conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
    Synonyms: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner [attributive], hugger-mugger, huggermugger,...

Etymology summary

Middle English, from Latin surreptīcius, from surreptus, past participle of...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

surreptitious | subreptive | surreptitiously [adverb, derived]

done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means | operating by stealth | characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth (20 of 394 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/surreptitious

Merriam-Webster:

surreptitious | clandestine [synonym, sense-specific] | stealthy [synonym, sense-specific] | backstairs [synonym, sense-specific] | behind-the-scenes [synonym, sense-specific] | covert [synonym, sense-specific] | furtive [synonym, sense-specific] | hole-and-corner [synonym, sense-specific] | hugger-mugger [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

done, made, or acquired by stealth; "clandestine" | acting or doing something clandestinely; "stealthy" (13 of 373 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/surreptitious

Oxford Dictionary:

surreptitious | surreptitiously [derived] | surreptitiousness [derived]

kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of (10 of 73 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/surreptitious

American Heritage Dictionary:

surreptitious | surreptitiously [adverb, related] | surreptitiousness [noun, related]

Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means. | Acting with or marked by stealth. (15 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

surreptitious | surreptitiously [adverb, derived] | surreptitiousness [noun, derived]

done secretly, without anyone seeing or knowing (7 of 47 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/surreptitious

New World Dictionary:

surreptitious | surreptitiously [adverb, related] | surreptitiousness [noun, related]

done, gotten, made, etc. in a secret, stealthy way; clandestine | acting in a secret, stealthy way (16 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/surreptitious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

surreptitious

done or made secretly, so that others will not notice (10 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/surreptitious

Random House Dictionary:

surreptitious

obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine. | acting in a stealthy way. | obtained by subreption; subreptitious. (19 of 30 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/surreptitious

Wiktionary:

surreptitious | covert [synonym]

stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements) (7 of 12 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/surreptitious

Encarta Dictionary:

surreptitious

done in a concealed or underhand way to escape notice, especially disapproval (12 of 50 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717266​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

surreptitious

Origin: Middle English, from Latin surreptīcius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere, to take away secretly: sub-, ... (16 of 27 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

surreptitious

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense "obtained by suppression of the truth"): from Latin surreptitius (from the verb surripere, from ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

surreptitious

Origin: Middle English surrepticious from Latin surrepticius from surreptus, past participle of surripere, to take away secretly ... (16 of 25 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

surreptitious

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Latin surrepticius "stolen, furtive, clandestine", from surreptus, past participle of surripere "seize secretly", from sub ... (17 of 24 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

surreptitious

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub- + rapere to seize

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/surreptitious

Wiktionary:

surreptitious

Origin: Latin surrepticius ("stolen, furtive, clandestine"), from surreptus, past participle of surripere ("seize secretly, steal, pilfer"), from sub- ("under") + rapere ("to snatch").

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Collins Dictionary:

surreptitious

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin surreptīcius furtive, from surripere to steal, from sub- secretly + rapere to snatch

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/surreptitious

Encarta Dictionary:

surreptitious

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin surreptitius from surripere "seize secretly", literally "seize from beneath" from rapere "seize"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717266​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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