Definition of surreptitious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrəpˈtɪʃəs//
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done secretly or quickly, in the hope that other people will not notice synonym furtive She sneaked a surreptitious glance at her watch. They were seen leaving the premises in a surreptitious manner. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘obtained by suppression of the truth’): from Latin surreptitius (from the verb surripere, from sub- ‘secretly’ + rapere ‘seize’) + -ous.
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