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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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  • sneaky rose from his position near Mother Wolf, and trotted in front of the rock.

    Washer the Raccoon
    George Ethelbert Walsh
  • And so perhaps you would be Saladin, and he can be Sir Kenneth, though he's too sneaky for him, too.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • Just then the wolves broke through the bushes and came racing toward the tree, with sneaky in the lead.

    Washer the Raccoon
    George Ethelbert Walsh
  • sneaky did not like this, and displayed his sharp, cruel teeth.

    Washer the Raccoon
    George Ethelbert Walsh
  • Ef he'd 'a' missed school one day he knowed two sneaky chaps thet would 'a' robbed that nest, either goin' or comin'.

    Sonny, A Christmas Guest Ruth McEnery Stuart
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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