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stealthy

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adjective \ˈstel-thē\

Simple Definition of stealthy

  • : quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed

Full Definition of stealthy

stealth·i·erstealth·i·est

  1. 1 :  slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character

  2. 2a :  intended to escape observation :  furtiveb :  designed to produce a very weak radar return <a stealthy airplane>

stealth·i·ly play \-thə-lē\ adverb
stealth·i·ness play \-thē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stealthy

  1. the stealthy movements of the crocodile

  2. <cats are among the stealthiest of stalkers>



1565

First Known Use of stealthy

1565

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>.


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