\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web All of this comes together in a stealthy form factor that is flush to the ear with good sound and exceptionally long battery life. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 16 June 2020 The sport of rapid propulsion requires the proper equipment: a good radar detector, knowledge of local gendarmerie methods, and, most important, a stealthy accomplice. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX Pairs Stealth with Speed," 15 June 2020 So in April 1943 – 16 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor – when the U.S. Army Air Force had an opportunity, however steep the odds, to launch a stealthy attack on Yamamoto, the brass jumped at the chance. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "Review: Dick Lehr's 'Dead Reckoning' recreates thrilling WWII mission to get Isoroku Yamamoto," 10 June 2020 This pack of foes often come equipped with silent weapons, like bows and arrows, and can take stealthy approaches to attacking you, like hiding in vegetation. Washington Post, "How does ‘The Last of Us Part II’ play? The answer is extremely well.," 1 June 2020 The stealthy nature of bowhunting, and its coming at a season when bears range widely in search of food, places hunters at high risk. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Should You Do If a Grizzly Bear Attacks?," 27 May 2020 If that makes the S8 too stealthy for your tastes, Audi will paint the brake calipers red for $500. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi S8 Issues an Executive Order for Speed," 23 Mar. 2020 This mid-sized microwave is designed for stealthy late-night snacking—even if your roommate is a light sleeper. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Microwaves for Your Countertop," 4 Feb. 2020 This would also give stealthy platforms a deeper magazine to pull from than their own internal weapons bays. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-15 Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of stealthy

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stealthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce stealthy (audio)

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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