furtive | furtively | furtiveness

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Meaning(s)

behaving secretively

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furtive - sneaky

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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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  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.

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