Sunday, April 15, 2001
Definitions for furtive
- Done by stealth; surreptitious; secret; as, a furtive look.
- Expressive of stealth; sly; shifty; sneaky.
- Stolen; obtained by stealth.
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Citations for furtive
He had always been more than willing to show me parts of [his notebook], whenever I asked him to; and naturally I had taken many furtive looks at its innermost pages when he wasn't around.
Exchanging furtive glances, they oozed a nervousness, perhaps in fear that some prewritten script would go awry.
Origin of furtive
Furtive is from Latin furtivus, from furtum, "theft," from fur, "thief."