stealthy

adjective \ ˈstel-thē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of stealthy

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

stealthily

play \-thə-lē\ adverb

stealthiness

play \-thē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stealthy in a Sentence

  1. the stealthy movements of the crocodile

  2. cats are among the stealthiest of stalkers

Recent Examples of stealthy from the Web

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First Known Use of stealthy

1565

Synonym Discussion of 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

STEALTHY Defined for English Language Learners

stealthy

adjective

Definition of stealthy for English Language Learners

  • : quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed


STEALTHY Defined for Kids

stealthy

adjective \ ˈstel-thē \

Definition of stealthy for Students

stealthier; stealthiest
: done in a sly or secret manner

stealthily

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


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