\ˈsnē-kē \
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 \ adverb
sneakiness \ˈsnē-kē-nəs \ 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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High-level shooter, sneaky rebounder, can play the four or the five. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Q&A: John Henson excited about additions of Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez," 9 July 2018 Ro’s a sneaky good athlete — not as good an athlete as his brother, who can play all over the yard. New York Times, "The Yankees Find Reasons to Smile, Even Beyond Getting a Win," 26 June 2018 The first-time All-Star has sneaky power and once hit four home runs in a game. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB's Home Run Derby: Five players we'd like to see in the event," 11 July 2018 Alligators certainly aren’t native to Indiana, but one sneaky reptile managed to set up camp in the northern Indiana city of Plymouth, according to Fox59. Indianapolis Star, "Alligator made home in Indiana pond," 11 July 2018 North Carolina's famous loggerhead sea turtles are notorious for their sneaky approach to nesting, coming ashore after sunset and laying eggs under cover of darkness. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Tourists warned sea turtles may nest in broad daylight — that's rare at Cape Hatteras," 5 July 2018 Of course, the Daily Mail snagged some sneaky paparazzi photos of the ceremony, revealing that Shaffer (who has taken her husband’s last name, according to Instagram) wore a long-sleeve white gown and a veil, with her hair up in a bun. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Anna Wintour’s Daughter Got Married This Weekend and We Weren’t Invited," 9 July 2018 Lowther primarily used that sneaky fastball to begin the season for the Shorebirds in dazzling fashion, striking out 13 in six no-hit, scoreless innings on April 9. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles prospect Zac Lowther shows why promotion to Frederick was essential in debut Wednesday," 31 May 2018 These monkeys can be quite sneaky and a bit mischievous, often known for swiping sunglasses off unsuspecting heads or nabbing food from plates left unattended for mere seconds. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New Macaque monkeys at Indianapolis Zoo known for swimming, diving and photo-bombing," 22 May 2018

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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 \
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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evasion of direct action or statement

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