\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jason Momoa just won the Game of Thrones red carpet with a sneaky and unexpected fashion accessory: his epic pink velvet Fendi scrunchie. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jason Momoa Wore His Pink Oscars Scrunchie to the Game of Thrones Premiere and We Almost Missed It," 5 Apr. 2019 Medvedev has ungainly but effective strokes, sneaky speed, and, apparently, an ability to access deep reservoirs of self-belief. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Seven Turning Points from the Year in Sports," 18 Dec. 2019 Bill Pullman is a much-welcome shot of fun as a folksy, sneaky smart lawyer who teams with Bilott. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Mark Ruffalo shines in legal drama 'Dark Waters,' which flows slowly but impressively," 26 Nov. 2019 Its multiplayer stages are rats’ nests of back alleys and sneaky sight lines that bog down the flow of movement. Nick Capozzoli, Ars Technica, "How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war," 22 Nov. 2019 Denver didn’t have a crazy summer, though the addition of Jerami Grant was sneaky clutch. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Four Most Interesting NBA Training Camp Storylines," 25 Sep. 2019 Not sneaky During Lynn’s three seasons as the Chargers’ head coach, Philip Rivers has executed just one quarterback sneak. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers can’t seem to tackle issues of allowing big plays on defense," 22 Oct. 2019 The creatures also play host to a special type of algae that thrives in sloth fur, giving them a sneaky green tinge that allows them to blend into the tree canopy. Elizabeth Wolfe And Michelle Krupa, CNN, "It's International Sloth Day ... so you have an excuse to be lazy," 20 Oct. 2019 Taking the opportunity to be playful and sneaky, the girls excitedly tried to pass notes to each other without being spotted. Elizabeth Wolfe And Aj Willingham, CNN, "What one group of refugee girls is thankful for this Thanksgiving," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2020

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“Sneaky.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce sneaky (audio)

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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