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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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  • Each time the bare boards creaked beneath his weight, no matter how stealthily this weight was adjusted, his heart missed a beat.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • stealthily she rose to a stooping position at the boat's side.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • There was a pause, during which Jac secured Hilda's programme, and stealthily examined it.

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • The Viceroy was stealthily reaching for the sun-tube dangling from his belt.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • A few members of the Mountain fraternized with the mob, but stealthily and in whispers.

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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