Definition of surreptitious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsərəpˈtiSHəs/


Kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of: they carried on a surreptitious affair
More example sentences
  • Thanks to e-mail, the modern workplace is a hive of covert communication and surreptitious sociability.
  • The stowing of the rubbish seemed surreptitious, even furtive, to a young and ignorant mind.
  • Very often staff feel that their colleagues have been silently and invisibly spirited out of the company in a surreptitious and clandestine manner.
secret, secretive, stealthy, clandestine, sneaky, sly, furtive;
concealed, hidden, undercover, covert, veiled, cloak-and-dagger



Example sentences
  • If you ask me, a little more surreptitiousness might have worked.
  • Our list of options is limited - we'll have to stop them with quickness, surreptitiousness and efficiency.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'obtained by suppression of the truth'): from Latin surreptitius (from the verb surripere, from sub- 'secretly' + rapere 'seize') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with surreptitious

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, capricious, conspicuous, delicious, expeditious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, malicious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, suspicious, vicious

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Syllabification: sur·rep·ti·tious

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