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[snee-kee] /ˈsni ki/
adjective, sneakier, sneakiest.
like or suggestive of a sneak; furtive; deceitful.
Origin of sneaky
1825-35; sneak + -y1
Related forms
sneakily, adverb
sneakiness, noun
unsneaky, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sneaky
  • Sometimes even secretive people in decline will let you look at the checkbook, but sometimes you have to get sneaky.
  • It's a sneaky hunter-it lurks unseen and then snags its unsuspecting insect prey.
  • It tried to beam attention on a privacy problem of a rival, but exposed itself as a sneaky maligner.
  • He has been creeping up drafts boards into the eighth round as a sneaky third receiver, so word is getting out.
  • The game requires you to be as sneaky as you can to accomplish your goals and move on with the story.
  • Arce are sneaky film makers who don't announce their talent in flashy ways.
  • And we're trying to get it in sneaky different ways.
  • Maybe you can come up with some other sneaky uses for it.
  • Alternatively, they're doing it to distract us from their nuclear enrichment program, the sneaky gits.
  • Irradiation is a sneaky method of population control.
Word Origin and History for sneaky

1833, from sneak (v.) + -y (2). Related: Sneakily; sneakiness. Sneaky Pete "cheap liquor" is from 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sneaky



(also sneak preview): After a sneak in Chicago they decided to shelve it


To show a movie unexpectedly to an audience in order to assess its appeal: We sneaked it in several cities (1960s+ Movie studio)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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