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Word: furtive

Definition: stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance


Sentences Containing 'furtive'

A lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for us upon the platform.
asked the man, in a furtive, frightened way.
Conversely, secret societies have often furtive or arcane greeting gestures and rituals, such as a secret handshake, which allow members to recognize each other.
He cast a furtive glance at me every now and then.
I thought he took a furtive glance at me out of the corner of his eye, but as not even this notice was repeated, I judged I had been mistaken.
Now I am in the garden at the back, beyond the yard where the empty pigeon-house and dog-kennel are--a very preserve of butterflies, as I remember it, with a high fence, and a gate and padlock; where the fruit clusters on the trees, riper and richer than fruit has ever been since, in any other garden, and where my mother gathers some in a basket, while I stand by, bolting furtive gooseberries, and trying to look unmoved.

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