sneakingness

sneaking

[snee-king]
adjective
1.
acting in a furtive or underhand way.
2.
deceitfully underhand, as actions; contemptible.
3.
secret; not generally avowed, as a feeling, notion, suspicion, etc.

Origin:
1575–85; sneak + -ing2

sneakingly, adverb
sneakingness, noun
unsneaking, adjective
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sneaking (ˈsniːkɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  acting in a furtive or cowardly way
2.  secret: a sneaking desire to marry a millionaire
3.  slight but nagging (esp in the phrase a sneaking suspicion)
 
'sneakingly
 
adv
 
'sneakingness
 
n

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sneak
1560 (implied in sneakish), perhaps from some dial. survival of M.E. sniken "to creep, crawl," related to O.E. snican "to desire, reach for sneakily," from P.Gmc. *sneikanan, which is related to the root of snake (q.v.). The noun meaning "a sneaking person" is first recorded
1643. Sneak-thief first recorded 1859; sneak-preview is from 1938. Sneaky Pete "cheap liquor" is from 1949.
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