furtiveness


furtiveness

adjective

  1. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret: a furtive glance.
  2. sly; shifty: a furtive manner.

adjective

  1. characterized by stealth; sly and secretive
adj.

late 15c. (implied in furtively), from French furtif, from Latin furtivus “stolen, hidden, secret,” from furtum “theft, robbery,” from fur (genitive furis) “thief,” probably from PIE *bhor-, from root *bher- (1) “to carry” (see infer). Related: Furtiveness.

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