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stealthy

[stel-thee] /ˈstɛl θi/
adjective, stealthier, stealthiest.
1.
done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:
stealthy footsteps.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; stealth + -y1
Related forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
unstealthily, adverb
unstealthiness, noun
unstealthy, adjective
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  • They glide stealthily through the night air as they search for food.
  • Over the next two days, the parasites continue to devour and proliferate stealthily.
  • Criminals typically utilize infected websites to stealthily infect users.
  • They perch quietly in trees or move stealthily from perch to perch.
  • stealthily swim your way up until the water tastes sweet in your mouth.
  • At dusk, the basking turtle was stealthily approached by one of us and turned over on its back.
  • Diabetes attacks the body slowly and stealthily, leading to a common misconception that it's a relatively benign condition.
British Dictionary definitions for stealthily

stealthy

/ˈstɛlθɪ/
adjective stealthier, stealthiest
1.
characterized by great caution, secrecy, etc; furtive
Derived Forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stealthily

stealthy

adj.

c.1600, from stealth + -y (2). Related: Stealthily; stealthiness.

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