Definition of Furtive

1. Adjective. Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed. "A surreptitious glance at his watch"

Exact synonyms: Sneak, Sneaky, Stealthy, Surreptitious
Similar to: Concealed
Derivative terms: Furtiveness, Sneak, Sneak, Sneak, Sneakiness, Stealth, Stealthiness



2. Adjective. Secret and sly or sordid. "Furtive behavior"
Exact synonyms: Backstair, Backstairs
Similar to: Covert
Derivative terms: Furtiveness

Definition of Furtive

1. a. Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy; as, a furtive look.

Definition of Furtive

1. Adjective. stealthy ¹

2. Adjective. Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Furtive

1. stealthy [adj] - See also: stealthy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Furtive

further(a)
further education
furtherance
furtherances
furthered
furtherer
furtherers
furtherest
furthering
furthermore
furthermost
furthers
furthersome
furtive (current term)
furtively
furtiveness
furtivenesses
furuncle
furuncles
furuncular
furunculoid
furunculoses
furunculosis
furunculous
furunculus
furutobeite
furverts

Literary usage of Furtive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Critical Grammar of the Hebrew Language by Isaac Nordheimer (1842)
"... furtive is employed only when a strong guttural is preceded by a heterogeneous vowel, that is, another than a ; for with that vowel it readily coalesces ..."

2. A Grammar of the Hebrew Language by George Bush (1839)
"Paltak furtive never appears under the Guttural j$, because this letter at the end of a ... from the office which they perform, termed furtive vowels (ยง 8. ..."

3. Hebrew Grammar with a Copious Syntax and a Praxis by Moses Stuart (1821)
"But in case other vowels remain, a furtive ... furtive, because at the end of words it is quiescent. ..."

4. A New Practical Hebrew Grammar with Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew by Solomon Deutsch (1868)
"This Patach does not belong to the form of the word, therefore it falls away when the word is lengthened : as fin , 'fin * It is called Patach furtive ..."

5. A grammar of the Hebrew language by Samuel Lee (1832)
"... for their enunciation; but here the (:) is dropped, as before, and the mark (-) only remains. This mark, termed furtive ... reference to the furtive ..."

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