Surreptitious Sur`rep*ti"tious, a. [L. surreptitius, or subreptitius, fr. surripere, subripere, to snatch away, to withdraw privily; sub- under + rapere to snatch. See {Sub-}, and {Ravish}.] Done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently; clandestine; stealthy; as, a surreptitious passage in an old manuscript; a surreptitious removal of goods. -- {Sur`rep*ti"tious*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • surreptitiously — UK [ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəslɪ] / US adverb in a secret way, so that others will not notice Zarry surreptitiously passed him the answer …   English dictionary

  • surreptitiously — surreptitious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done secretly or furtively. DERIVATIVES surreptitiously adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «obtained by suppression of the truth»: from Latin surreptitius obtained secretly …   English terms dictionary

  • surreptitiously — adverb in a surreptitious manner (Freq. 1) he was watching her surreptitiously as she waited in the hotel lobby • Syn: ↑sneakily • Derived from adjective: ↑sneaky (for: ↑sneakily), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • surreptitiously — adverb see surreptitious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surreptitiously — See surreptitious. * * * …   Universalium

  • surreptitiously — adverb /sʌrəpˈtɪʃəsli/ In a surreptitious manner; stealthily, furtively, secretly …   Wiktionary

  • surreptitiously — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. clandestinely, stealthily, privately; see secretly …   English dictionary for students

  • surreptitiously — adv. clandestinely, covertly, secretly, stealthily …   English contemporary dictionary

  • surreptitiously — ad. Fradulently, by stealth, without authority …   New dictionary of synonyms

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