stealthy

adjective
\ 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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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 When leafy greens were largely transported in cardboard cartons, a stowaway could make a stealthy escape. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "The other greens in your bagged lettuce: frogs, snakes and lizards," 27 July 2019 But their stealthy consistency could hit its limits in the Alps, where conservative riding might not be enough to win if Pinot and others attack, as expected. John Leicester, BostonGlobe.com, "Championship is still up for grabs heading into toughest final stages," 22 July 2019 The Nuggets added Jerami Grant in a stealthy supplemental move. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Michael Porter Jr. Wants to Be the NBA's Next Big Gap-Year Success," 13 July 2019 Commanders honed their ability to coordinate rapidly developing, simultaneous stealthy activities across several countries. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia," 12 July 2019 The nature of spending is also changing, as fancy kit for intelligence, surveillance and other stealthy warcraft is given higher priority. The Economist, "The UTC-Raytheon deal highlights the changing nature of war," 14 June 2019 The amusingly low stakes and the abundance of teen melodramatics are part of the movie’s stealthy charm. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ often soars, though not as much as it twists," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of stealthy

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stealthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stealthy

: quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed

stealthy

adjective
\ 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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