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Meaning of FURTIVE

Pronunciation:  'furtiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  secret and sly or sordid; "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior"
  2. [adj]  marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a lurking prowler"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"; "someone skulking in the shadows"

FURTIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: backstair, backstairs, concealed, covert, lurking, skulking, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fur"tive\, a. [L. furtivus, fr. furtum theft, fr. fur
thief, akin to ferre to bear: cf. F. furtif. See {Fertile}.]
Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret;
stealthy; as, a furtive look. --Prior.

      A hasty and furtive ceremony.            --Hallam.

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