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stealthy

adjective \ˈstel-thē\

: quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed

stealth·i·erstealth·i·est

Full Definition of STEALTHY

1
:  slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character
2
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

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>.

Other Military Terms

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

stealthy

adjective \ˈstel-thē\
stealth·i·erstealth·i·est

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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