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



BrE BrE//ˈfɜːtɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrtɪv//
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behaving in a way that shows that you want to keep something secret and do not want to be noticed synonym stealthy She cast a furtive glance over her shoulder. He looked sly and furtive. The look in his eyes became furtive. The secretary looked almost furtive when I walked in. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French furtif, -ive or Latin furtivus, from furtum ‘theft’.
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