adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub- + rapere to seize — more at rapid Date: 15th century 1. done, made, or acquired by stealth ; clandestine 2. acting or doing something clandestinely ; stealthy <
a surreptitious glance
Synonyms: see secretsurreptitiously adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surreptitious — I adjective artful, clandestine, clandestinus, concealed, conniving, covert, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive, delitescent, disguised, done by stealth, evasive, faked, fraudulently introduced, furtive, furtivus, guileful, hidden, indirect,… …   Law dictionary

  • surreptitious — mid 15c., from L. surrepticius stolen, furtive, clandestine, from surreptus, pp. of surripere seize secretly, from sub from under (hence, secretly ) + rapere to snatch (see RAPID (Cf. rapid)). Related: Surreptitiously …   Etymology dictionary

  • surreptitious — underhand, underhanded, *secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine Analogous words: sneaking, slinking, skulking, lurking (see LURK): hidden, concealed, screened (see HIDE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • surreptitious — [adj] sneaky, secret clandestine, covert, fraudulent, furtive, hidden, hole andcorner*, hush hush*, on the QT*, on the sly*, private, skulking, slinking, sly, sneaking, stealthy, sub rosa, unauthorized, undercover, underhand, under the table*,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • surreptitious — [sʉr΄əp tish′əs] adj. [ME surrepticious < L surrepticius < surreptus, pp. of surripere, to take away secretly < sub (see SUB ) + rapere, to seize (see RAPE1)] 1. done, gotten, made, etc. in a secret, stealthy way; clandestine 2. acting… …   English World dictionary

  • surreptitious — [[t]sʌ̱rəptɪ̱ʃəs, AM sɜ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ GRADED A surreptitious action is done secretly. He made a surreptitious entrance to the club through the little door in the brick wall... They had several surreptitious conversations. Syn: furtive Derived… …   English dictionary

  • surreptitious — surreptitiously, adv. surreptitiousness, n. /serr euhp tish euhs/, adj. 1. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance. 2. acting in a stealthy way. 3. obtained by subreption; subreptitious …   Universalium

  • surreptitious — adj. Surreptitious is used with these nouns: ↑glance …   Collocations dictionary

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