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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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  • Unsurprisingly, the company maintained its stealthy form by staying quiet on the topic.
  • As that time approaches the bird becomes more secretive and stealthy.
  • Swift and stealthy, adult leopard seals tend to be solitary creatures, hunting alone at the fringes of pack ice.
  • The stealthy insect, with large compound eyes for nocturnal hunting, is a master sit-and-wait predator.
  • Without the need to accommodate crew, drones can be given strange radar-cheating stealthy shapes.
  • The stealthy and scrappy investors who used to run the business are being joined by the establishment.
  • Instead, the company would take a more stealthy-and potentially even more ambitious-approach.
  • But there's a growing belief that other stealthy choppers might have been present, as well.
  • Rear reflective patch makes up for the too-stealthy matte paint job.
  • Be mindful of a stealthy approach by moving slowly, quietly, and being a careful observer.
British Dictionary definitions for stealthy


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 stealthy

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

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