adjective fur·tive \ˈfər-tiv\

: done in a quiet and secret way to avoid being noticed

Full Definition of FURTIVE

a :  done by stealth :  surreptitious
b :  expressive of stealth :  sly <had a furtive look about him>
:  obtained underhandedly :  stolen
fur·tive·ly adverb
fur·tive·ness noun

Examples of FURTIVE

  1. He cast a furtive glance in our direction.
  2. We exchanged furtive smiles across the table.
  3. This means that they need use only quantum mechanics or only general relativity and can, with a furtive glance, shrug off the barking admonition of the other. —Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe, 1999

Origin of FURTIVE

French or Latin; French furtif, from Latin furtivus, from furtum theft, from fur thief, from or akin to Greek phōr thief; akin to Greek pherein to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: 1612


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