V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. secretive and done to be hidden or to escape notice; 2. sly or shifty

Synonyms: sly, stealthy, surreptitious, shifty, sneaky, secretive, clandestine, covert

Antonyms: open, obvious

Tips: Furtive is derived from the Latin furtivus, from furtum, "theft." Theft is a furtive (covert, sneaky, hidden) act, and a person committing theft wouldn't want to be caught. Furtive is synonymous with surreptitious and clandestine. See surreptitious for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

He knew what the boss was about to say and shot his friend a furtive glance. (secretive, stealthy)

His actions were furtive enough not to arouse suspicion. (clandestine, covert)

His furtive manner made me question what exactly he was up to. (shifty, secretive)

Although she didnít wish to be rude, she was so bored during the presentation that she took a furtive glance at her watch to see how much longer she would have to sit there. (sly, covert)

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