Definition of furtive in English:

furtive

Line breaks: fur|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːtɪv
 
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adjective

Derivatives

furtively

adverb
More example sentences
  • In the snap, the First Minister, dressed in beige shorts, white socks and training shoes, glances furtively at the camera.
  • Some stare in open-mouthed curiosity, others dart in and out furtively under the cover of night, she said.
  • Late at night, behind closed doors, men across the country are secretly logging on to certain internet sites and furtively entering a few details.

furtiveness

noun
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  • For our generation, then, the Sixties were indeed the beginning of sex, and we had an easier time than the previous generation who had the embarrassment, furtiveness and guilt, or later generations who had the threat of Aids.
  • The second thing was the furtiveness with which my inquiries were met.
  • More than honest, it's the image of a major artist courageously butting her head against the furtiveness and sadism of Stalinist and post-Stalinist bureaucracy.

Origin

early 17th century: from French furtif, -ive or Latin furtivus, from furtum 'theft'.

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