- Kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of: they carried on a surreptitious affairMore 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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- The first mile was flat and we would all surreptitiously try to position ourselves for the hills.
- It was there that I was able to surreptitiously cross-examine these men.
- These are some of the same people who surreptitiously smeared John McCain in the last election.
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.