sneaky

adjective
\ 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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Although certainly sneaky, the country singer's plan proved successful: Gyth ended up joining Team Blake. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Are Getting Serious Heat for How They're Treating John Legend," 26 Feb. 2019 While someone else, say a water sign, might be sneaky about it, an Aries will be firey and direct. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 Some surprises are even practical: In the kitchen, what looks like silk wallpaper is really a very sneaky washable vinyl. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 The negative publicity from the high legal payouts and Reuters’s seemingly damning evidence of sneaky behavior from the company in the past has brought the issue of hygiene product safety and consumer trust to the forefront. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 Built on the work done on earlier titles by Io Interactive, especially the rebooted Hitman published by Square Enix in 2016, Hitman 2 is a singular destination for all the goofy, sneaky, and violent energy this series carries with it at its best. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 Eat the right foods for your age, listen to what cardiologists tell their friends, and nix sneaky sources of sugar. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "We're Actually 15 Years Older Than Our Parents," 29 Apr. 2013 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

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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sneaky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sneaky

: behaving in a secret and usually dishonest manner
: done in a secret and dishonest manner

sneaky

adjective
\ 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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