\ 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

Other Words from stealthy

stealthily \ ˈstel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce stealthy (audio) \ adverb
stealthiness \ ˈstel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce stealthy (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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First Known Use of stealthy

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ 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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