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American English: /ˌsərəpˈtɪʃəs/
British English: /ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs/

Translation of surreptitious in Spanish:


  • (glance/wink)
    he was just having a surreptitious glass of whisky
    se estaba tomando un vaso de whisky a escondidas
    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.

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