sneakier; sneakiest
: marked by stealth, furtiveness, or shiftiness
a sneaky trick
sneakily adverb
sneakiness noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sneaky was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Sneaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


sneakier; sneakiest
: behaving in a sly or secret manner
: marked by secrecy or slyness
a sneaky trick
sneakily adverb
sneakiness noun

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