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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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Examples from the Web for stealthiness
Historical Examples
  • This effectually aroused the trumpet-major, and with a stealthiness unusual in him he went indoors.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • Myron drew forth his watch, and looked at it with a stealthiness he could not explain.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • The movement had in it something of the stealthiness of an animal crouching to spring.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The stealthiness of the process blinded us, however, to what was happening.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
  • I shall never forget the agony caused to the senses by the stealthiness with which we proceeded to the midnight slaughter.

  • His stealthiness was the result of the rain, for he came in rubbers!

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • Having so far betrayed himself, however, he drew something nearer, with a suggestion of stealthiness.

  • There was a stealthiness in the performance that roused him to vigilance.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • They go in with the eagerness of tigers springing upon prey, or more like the stealthiness of cats.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • After this walking was easier, but stealthiness made their progress slow.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for stealthiness


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 stealthiness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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