\ 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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Also, per Reality Steve, this was apparently after the couple got engaged, so kinda sneaky on the timing, there, Jed. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Hannah Brown and Her 'Bachelorette' Winner Have Reportedly Broken Up," 2 July 2019 Most of these sneaky kids are grown now, and the days of sneaking are over. Lily Jackson |,, "Wizards in the Bible Belt: New game poses question of fun versus faith," 29 June 2019 Approach the discussion in the right frame of mind A sneaky metaphorical bias in Western cultures equates negotiations with battles, where the winner takes all. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "How to Negotiate a Job Offer," 20 June 2019 Rats have a reputation for being filthy and sneaky. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 But at the end of this season’s second episode, one of those sneaky little lies reared its head and Ed was dealt a blow almost as bad as the one that sent Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) spiraling down the stairs. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Big Little Lies' Adam Scott on Madeline's huge betrayal, the 'extremely dangerous' Mary Louise," 17 June 2019 Not the sneaky sponsored content of today but, like, very obviously, shamelessly sell out? Lucas Kwan Peterson,, "The official candy bar power rankings," 11 June 2019 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

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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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