sneaking
adjective Date: 1582 1. mean, contemptible 2. characteristic of a sneak ; furtive, underhanded 3. a. not openly expressed or acknowledged <
a sneaking respect for culture — H. A. Burton
>
b. that is a persistent conjecture <
a sneaking suspicion
>
sneakingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sneaking — [snē′kiŋ] adj. 1. cowardly, stealthy, underhanded, or furtive [a sneaking manner] 2. not admitted or made known to others; secret [a sneaking fondness for candy] 3. slight, or slight but increasing [a sneaking suspicion] sneakingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Sneaking — Sneak ing, a. Marked by cowardly concealment; deficient in openness and courage; underhand; mean; crouching. {Sneak ing*ly}, adv. {Sneak ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sneaking — index clandestine, devious, furtive, machiavellian, perfidious, recreant, sly, stealthy Burton s Legal Thesaur …   Law dictionary

  • sneaking — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a feeling) persistent in one s mind but reluctantly held; nagging …   English terms dictionary

  • sneaking — sneak|ing [ snikıŋ ] adjective BRITISH a sneaking feeling is one that you are not sure about or do not want to have: a sneaking admiration/respect for someone: I have always had a sneaking admiration for him. a sneaking suspicion/feeling: I had a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sneaking — UK [ˈsniːkɪŋ] / US [ˈsnɪkɪŋ] adjective a sneaking feeling is one that you are not sure about or do not want to have a sneaking admiration/respect for someone: I have always had a sneaking admiration for him. a sneaking suspicion/fear/feeling: I… …   English dictionary

  • sneaking — sneak|ing [ˈsni:kıŋ] adj have a sneaking feeling/suspicion/admiration to have a feeling about something or someone, but to not say anything about it because you are not sure or you might be embarrassed ▪ I always had a sneaking admiration for him …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sneaking — [[t]sni͟ːkɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A sneaking feeling is a slight or vague feeling, especially one that you are unwilling to accept. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to succeed... I ve always had this sneaking admiration for him …   English dictionary

  • sneaking — adjective 1 have a sneaking admiration/affection etc for to have a secret feeling of admiration etc for someone 2 have a sneaking suspicion/feeling (that) to have a slight feeling that someone has done something wrong without being sure: I have a …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sneaking — adjective 1) she had a sneaking admiration for him Syn: secret, private, hidden, concealed, unvoiced, undisclosed, undeclared, unavowed 2) a sneaking feeling Syn: niggling, nagging, lurking …   Thesaurus of popular words

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