sneaky

adjective
\ 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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Nine days ago, North tried to be sneaky by wearing her mom's high heels for True Thompson's first birthday party. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Borrowed Kim Kardashian's High Heel Snakeskin Boots," 25 Apr. 2019 However, for her role as Nicole aka Nick on the newest Netflix original series, the actor had to fully embrace being a little sneaky. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Siena Agudong on Her New Series "No Good Nick" and Bringing to Life the Teen Con Artist," 16 Apr. 2019 As the days of the week unfurl, from Sunday to the next Saturday (sneaky educational aspect No. 2), the goat regains her equilibrium. WSJ, "Children’s Books: Safe Journeys," 11 May 2018 Regina King is the favorite and deservedly so, but there’s a sneaky chance for an upset here. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 Although certainly sneaky, the country singer's plan proved successful: Gyth ended up joining Team Blake. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Are Getting Serious Heat for How They're Treating John Legend," 26 Feb. 2019 While someone else, say a water sign, might be sneaky about it, an Aries will be firey and direct. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 Some surprises are even practical: In the kitchen, what looks like silk wallpaper is really a very sneaky washable vinyl. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 The negative publicity from the high legal payouts and Reuters’s seemingly damning evidence of sneaky behavior from the company in the past has brought the issue of hygiene product safety and consumer trust to the forefront. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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sneaky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sneaky

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

sneaky

adjective
\ 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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