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[stel-thee] /ˈstɛl θi/
adjective, stealthier, stealthiest.
done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:
stealthy footsteps.
Origin of stealthy
1595-1605; stealth + -y1
Related forms
stealthily, adverb
stealthiness, noun
unstealthily, adverb
unstealthiness, noun
unstealthy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Sneak through a city and stealthily cut the throats of your political enemies.
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  • They glide stealthily through the night air as they search for food.
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  • 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


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



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

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