adjective \ˈstel-thē\

: quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed


Full Definition of STEALTHY

:  slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character
a :  intended to escape observation :  furtive
b :  designed to produce a very weak radar return <a stealthy airplane>
stealth·i·ly \-thə-lē\ adverb
stealth·i·ness \-thē-nəs\ noun

Examples of STEALTHY

  1. the stealthy movements of the crocodile
  2. <cats are among the stealthiest of stalkers>

First Known Use of STEALTHY


Synonym Discussion of STEALTHY

secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, underhanded mean done without attracting observation. secret implies concealment on any grounds for any motive <met at a secret location>. covert stresses the fact of not being open or declared <covert intelligence operations>. stealthy suggests taking pains to avoid being seen or heard especially in some misdoing <the stealthy step of a burglar>. furtive implies a sly or cautious stealthiness <lovers exchanging furtive glances>. clandestine implies secrecy usually for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose and often emphasizes the fear of being discovered <a clandestine meeting of conspirators>. surreptitious applies to action or behavior done secretly often with skillful avoidance of detection and in violation of custom, law, or authority <the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons>. underhanded stresses fraud or deception <an underhanded trick>.

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
STEALTHIER Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈstel-thē\

Definition of STEALTHY for Kids

:  done in a sly or secret manner
stealth·i·ly \-thə-lē\ adverb <… he moved stealthily and silently, staying in the shadows … — Lois Lowry, The Giver>


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