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furtive | furtively | furtiveness

furtive furtively furtiveness
behaving secretively
  • How to Memorize
    • furtive - sneaky
  • Analysis

    The word ‘furtive’ can express a person conducting themselves in a clandestine and often dishonest manner, or actions that are characterized by secrecy and immorality. The term implies suspicious behaviour; as if the person in question is plotting or trying to hide something. Typically used in a negative context.

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  • Example(s)
    1. I cast a furtive glance around the shop to make sure nobody was looking before I stole the money from the cash register.

    2. A cabal within the company were working furtively to siphon funds into their offshore bank accounts before being exposed by a whistleblower.

    3. I don’t want people to know that an investigation is taking place, so you must go about your business with a degree of furtiveness.