\ ˈsnē-kē How to pronounce sneaky (audio) \
sneakier; sneakiest

Definition of sneaky

: marked by stealth, furtiveness, or shiftiness a sneaky trick

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Other Words from sneaky

sneakily \ ˈsnē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce sneakily (audio) \ adverb
sneakiness \ ˈsnē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce sneakiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of sneaky in a Sentence

They make it look like you're getting a lot more than you really are. It's a sneaky trick. It's a sneaky way of getting people to buy something they don't need.

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In some cases, the tactics used by the companies to thwart these attempts have been downright sneaky. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "A new nutrition group aims to erase the link between value and massive portions," 25 Aug. 2019 Dark haired Jes is even tempered and sneaky, often harassing her sister and winding her up before a fight. Matthew Gault, Time, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review: Grab a Pal and Fight Some Nazis," 12 Aug. 2019 What's more, the Jazz just gave away Derrick Favors, a player who's been sneaky invaluable as an insurance policy for sporadic Gobert injuries through the years. Andrew Sharp,, "NBA Free Agency Report Card: Grading the Nets, Knicks, 76ers and More from a Crazy Day 1," 1 July 2019 And the sneaky additions of soy sauce and chopped pickled peppers add just enough umami and acidity to bring the whole beautiful thing into focus. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "Who Needs Fancy Pasta When You Have D.I.Y. Hamburger Helper?," 16 Sep. 2019 Cal Poly has a sneaky passing attack, led by senior receiver J.J. Koski, who has 101 receptions for 1,959 yards during his Mustangs career. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers vs. Cal Poly Mustangs football: Preview, notes, how to watch," 13 Sep. 2019 This name will always apply to bill belichick and his sneaky ways. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "A Timeline of John Legend & Chrissy Teigen's Twitter War With Donald Trump," 11 Sep. 2019 Declarer puts up dummy’s jack and follows with a sneaky ten from his hand. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: Sept. 7, 2019," 9 Sep. 2019 Bryce Dallas Howard had to get a little sneaky to complete her feature directorial debut. Nigel Smith,, "Bryce Dallas Howard Says Her Family Originally Didn't Want to be a Part of Her Documentary Dads," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sneaky

: behaving in a secret and usually dishonest manner
: done in a secret and dishonest manner


\ ˈsnē-kē How to pronounce sneaky (audio) \
sneakier; sneakiest

Kids Definition of sneaky

: behaving in a sly or secret way or showing that kind of behavior a sneaky person a sneaky trick

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involving a confidence or trust

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