\ ˈstel-thē How to pronounce stealthy (audio) \
stealthier; stealthiest

Definition of stealthy

1 : slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character
2a : intended to escape observation : furtive
b : designed to produce a very weak radar return a stealthy airplane

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Other Words from stealthy

stealthily \ ˈstel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce stealthily (audio) \ adverb
stealthiness \ ˈstel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce stealthiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for stealthy

secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, underhanded mean done without attracting observation. secret implies concealment on any grounds for any motive. met at a secret location covert stresses the fact of not being open or declared. covert intelligence operations stealthy suggests taking pains to avoid being seen or heard especially in some misdoing. the stealthy step of a burglar furtive implies a sly or cautious stealthiness. lovers exchanging furtive glances clandestine implies secrecy usually for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose and often emphasizes the fear of being discovered. a clandestine meeting of conspirators surreptitious applies to action or behavior done secretly often with skillful avoidance of detection and in violation of custom, law, or authority. the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons underhanded stresses fraud or deception. an underhanded trick

Examples of stealthy in a Sentence

the stealthy movements of the crocodile cats are among the stealthiest of stalkers

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His understanding of American military might extends to complaining that new aircraft-carrier launching systems aren’t steam-operated anymore, as well as insisting (quite wrongly) that the stealthy F-35 is literally invisible to American enemies. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Firing John Bolton Doesn’t Make You a Pacifist," 10 Sep. 2019 Then, one of Air Shepherd’s 40 pilots navigates a drone — think in this case of a stealthy aircraft that looks like a large model airplane — to the area to collect visuals. Justin Worland, Time, "Drones Are Helping Catch Poachers Operating Under Cover of Darkness," 31 May 2018 The third option—a stealthy long-range strike aircraft—is something the Navy already attempted with its Advanced Tactical Aircraft program, launched in the late 1980s. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Navy’s F-35 doesn’t have range for real stealth strikes, House report says," 22 May 2018 Ensuring links through the Americas among core populations of these stealthy hunters, which are reluctant to cross unfamiliar areas, will be essential as their range is increasingly fragmented by human development. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor," 21 Aug. 2019 But the stealthy way it was established by recruiting (or poaching) from UC San Diego left scars that haven’t yet healed. Bradley J. Fikes, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After a bitter battle with UCSD, USC’s Alzheimer’s program in San Diego moving forward," 18 Aug. 2019 Although the slab-sided B-52 is far from stealthy, against opponents without sophisticated air defenses the lack of stealth is not really a problem. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Just Deployed B-52s to the Middle East," 8 May 2019 Three months have since passed with no worm in sight, although more stealthy hackers may already be hacking RDP in secret, targeted attacks. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now," 13 Aug. 2019 But the civil service, whose members have devoted decades to harmonizing British law with EU law, seem monolithically opposed to Brexit and willing to subvert the popular will by stealthy leaks and scare tactics. Dominic Green, WSJ, "Trump, Brexit and the Former Ambassador," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of stealthy

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stealthy

: quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed


\ ˈstel-thē How to pronounce stealthy (audio) \
stealthier; stealthiest

Kids Definition of stealthy

: done in a sly or secret manner

Other Words from stealthy

stealthily \ -​thə-​lē \ adverb … he moved stealthily and silently, staying in the shadows … — Lois Lowry, The Giver

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