\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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Tran's sneaky add-on post-service was plainly rude. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "Georgia Woman Charged Extra for Mani-Pedi for Being Overweight," 27 Aug. 2010 On Twitter, many were quick to notice and call out the Duchess' sneaky binder placement: Today marks the first day of Meghan and Harry's joint royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Fiji. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Used a Classic TV Trick to Sneakily Hide Her Baby Bump," 15 Oct. 2018 Galileo got sneaky in bid to fend off the Inquisition. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Kavanaugh vows to continue to fight in FOX exclusive; Trump, Republicans blast Dem smear campaign," 25 Sep. 2018 For example, the sneaky Genio adware, DevilRobber currency mining malware, and the insidious Fruitfly malware that stole millions of images from infected Macs over a 13-year period all used synthetic clicks to bypass defense-in-depth warnings. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings," 14 Aug. 2018 The final product rests awkwardly between a gritty scavenging simulator and a Dishonored-style sneaky immersive sim. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "We Happy Few is a creepy, fascinating game that gets lost in its own ambition," 10 Aug. 2018 All of this without ever doing much about the possibility that sneaky people were getting at your emails, or dealing with those mails from God or Santa Claus. Quinn Norton, The Atlantic, "Email Is Dangerous," 21 May 2018 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

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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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