\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Oh, and watch out for sneaky sources of caffeine too — including chocolate, which contains a not-insignificant nine (for milk) to 12 (dark) milligrams of caffeine per ounce. Mirel Zaman,, "5 Proven Methods For Preventing Morning Anxiety," 16 Nov. 2020 In the grand scheme of Conference USA title things, Skip Holtz’s Bulldogs are sneaky good and have the talent to throw a curveball at UAB’s chance to three-peat as West Division champ. Charles Hollis, al, "Auburn must disrupt freshman QB, keep up with LSU’s offense," 30 Oct. 2020 Running back also was considered one of the deeper positions on the team with Mattison capable of starting for most teams, Boone an underrated, hard-running No. 3 back and Abdullah still a sneaky receiving threat at the occasional third-down back. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Midseason report: Running attack will keep cooking if Dalvin Cook stays healthy," 10 Nov. 2020 According to Ngai, calling something a gimmick indicates our discomfort with capitalism’s sneaky distortion of the relationship between value, labor, and time. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "Our Love-Hate Relationship with Gimmicks," 9 Nov. 2020 But since the exact same chips were also used in Windows computers, a sneaky side benefit was Macs could suddenly run Windows programs more easily. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Apple is dumping Intel—and what we might get out of it," 9 Nov. 2020 Fischer may have been a sneaky, and wonderful, way to send up that assessment. Dylan Loeb Mcclain, New York Times, "The Queen’s Gambit," 3 Nov. 2020 Gender isn’t one of the categories listed in Utah’s scroll of people who have voted so far, but there’s a sneaky way of estimating gender turnout anyway: by using people’s first names. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s early vote: Younger voters are turning out and the GOP is catching up," 29 Oct. 2020 The Titans D/ST is a sneaky streaming option against a terrible offensive line. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 8: Start and Sit," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Sneaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce sneaky (audio)

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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