stealthy

adjective
\ˈstel-thē \
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 \ adverb
stealthiness \ˈstel-thē-nəs \ noun

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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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The aircraft will be stealthy and on the larger side, due to the need to store fuel and weapons internally to preserve the jet’s radar-evading shape. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "France, Germany Teaming Up to Build Superfighter," 21 June 2018 Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve [the deal], using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as the top US diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside ... James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five overshadowed stories spotlight Trump’s domestic priorities," 8 May 2018 Elite troops carved a stealthy path through dense forest foliage. Laura King, latimes.com, "Poland sees opportunity and peril in NATO summit and Trump-Putin meeting," 9 July 2018 Journal Columnist Sue Shellenbarger offers tips for the stealthy job seeker. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 27 June 2018 Its run up to launch wasn't completely stealthy; funding rounds were made public, and thanks to a trademark filing, some details about the oven had had leaked in advance. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 The mood was quiet and stealthy at the official start of free agency. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "All quiet outside LeBron James' Los Angeles home at start of free agency," 1 July 2018 The Air Force initially planned to replace the entire F-15 fleet with the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, but production of the stealthy aircraft was halted in 2009 and only 188 of the 749 F-22s purchased by the Pentagon were ever produced. Ryan Browne, CNN, "Tom Cruise sparks 'Top Gun' feud between US Air Force, Navy," 31 May 2018 Of these metals, tantalum exhibits a particularly appealing dark and stealthy lustre and was something of a signature material for the brand. Wei Koh, A-LIST, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 3 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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