\ ˈsnē-kē How to pronounce sneaky (audio) \
sneakier; sneakiest

Definition of sneaky

: marked by stealth, furtiveness, or shiftiness a sneaky trick

Other Words from sneaky

sneakily \ ˈsnē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce sneaky (audio) \ adverb
sneakiness \ ˈsnē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce sneaky (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 The message of such attacks can be a warning to rival gangs, pressure on a port official to aid a gang, or a sneaky method to undermine rivals by alerting police that the owners of a cafe may be linked to the drug trade. James Marson, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2021 The toddler donned an oversized tie-dye shirt with her hair in pigtails during the sneaky moment. Tristan Balagtas,, 29 Dec. 2021 Freemantle then went big man to big man with a sneaky pass to Jack Nunge for a slam. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 9 Dec. 2021 Giggling, sneaky, carrion-scavenging—and good for public health? Bethany Brookshire, Scientific American, 27 Dec. 2021 Off in the distance, a lion is being sneaky and gradually approaching this spot where a slew of animals are innocently enjoying their day. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 But what made him such a unique prospect is his sneaky athleticism. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 23 Dec. 2021 This could be a sneaky great matchup between two teams that are not giving up on the season. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 There were a couple of times where Kyle tried to nudge me a little bit, his little sneaky self. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jan 2022

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“Sneaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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