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[stelth] /stɛlθ/
secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure.
a furtive departure or entrance.
  1. an act of stealing; theft.
  2. the thing stolen; booty.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Air Force project involving a range of technologies, with the purpose of developing aircraft that are difficult to detect by sight, sound, radar, and infrared energy.
surreptitious; secret; not openly acknowledged:
a stealth hiring of the competitor's CEO; the stealth issue of the presidential race.
Origin of stealth
1200-50; Middle English stelthe; compare Old English stælthing theft. See steal, -th1
Related forms
stealthful, adjective
stealthfully, adverb
stealthless, adjective Unabridged
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  • Nonetheless, the ritual endures, an intimate reminder of the time before stealth applications.
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  • Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and modesty as well as military strength.
  • Thanksgiving dinner has turned out to be the stealth weapon of the writer's reporting life.
  • However, they afterwards watched an opportunity, and carried them off by stealth.
  • It knows how close it must get to even attempt the chase, weighing the distance and stealth factors up to the last second.
  • The aircraft was a secretly developed stealth helicopter, which crashed during the operation.
  • The smallest features of modern life are stealth inventions.
  • His mission is to steal a prototype stealth aircraft equipped with thought-controlled weaponry.
British Dictionary definitions for stealth


the act or characteristic of moving with extreme care and quietness, esp so as to avoid detection: the stealth of a cat
cunning or underhand procedure or dealing
(archaic) the act of stealing
Derived Forms
stealthful, adjective
Word Origin
C13 stelthe; see steal, -th1


(modifier) (informal) denoting or referring to technology that aims to reduce the radar, thermal, and acoustic recognizability of aircraft and missiles
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Word Origin and History for stealth

mid-13c., "theft, action or practice of stealing," from Old English *stælþ, which is related to stelen (see steal (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *stælitho (cf. Old Norse stulþr), with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Sense of "secret action" developed c.1300, but the word also retained its etymological sense into 18c. Got a boost as an adjective from stealth fighter, stealth bomber, radar-evading U.S. military aircraft, activated 1983.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stealth



A great bargain: I got that for half price, a real steal (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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