surreptitious


sur·rep·ti·tious

adjective \ˌsər-əp-ˈti-shəs, ˌsə-rəp-, sə-ˌrep-\

: done in a secret way

Full Definition of SURREPTITIOUS

1
:  done, made, or acquired by stealth :  clandestine
2
:  acting or doing something clandestinely :  stealthy <a surreptitious glance>
sur·rep·ti·tious·ly adverb

Examples of SURREPTITIOUS

  1. She had a surreptitious relationship with her employee.
  2. <a private investigator adept at taking surreptitious pictures of adulterous couples>
  3. The letter didn't offer up the jewels, only shadowy suggestions about their disappearance, claiming that [heiress, Carolyn] Skelly, in a surreptitious trading of parcels with a man in an ankle-length tweed overcoat, had left a bag full of jewelry on the floor at J.F.K. —Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, December 2001

Origin of SURREPTITIOUS

Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub- + rapere to seize — more at rapid
First Known Use: 15th century

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