Definition of sneaking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsniːkɪŋ/


1(Of a feeling) persistent in one’s mind but reluctantly held or not fully recognized: I’ve a sneaking suspicion they’ll do well
More example sentences
  • I have a sneaking feeling that I've written about this before, but bear with me as my abandonment of the railway has opened up whole new vistas to me.
  • I have this sneaking feeling that I might not agree with many of the opinions of this man on - say - pretty much anything ever.
  • Yet I have a sneaking feeling that neither of them will return from Athens as ‘the world's fastest man’.
secret, private, hidden, concealed, innermost, inward, unexpressed, unvoiced, undisclosed, undeclared, undivulged, unconfessed, unavowed
niggling, nagging, lurking, insidious, lingering, gnawing, unrelenting, slight but persistent, worrying, concerning
2 informal Furtive and contemptible: an unpleasant, sneaking habit



Example sentences
  • I'm always sneakingly envious of the massive precision of combinatory languages such as German or Japanese, that generate words for concepts such as ‘the rush of yearning caused by seeing the moon unexpectedly through trees’.
  • A self-confessed ‘petrol-head’, his smug approach may make him an irritation but perhaps deep down much of the west of Scotland sneakingly admires the man.
  • I'm going for drinks with a couple of girl friends tomorrow night, and then on Saturday there's the rugby which I sneakingly hope New Zealand will win.

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