furtive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French furtif (stealthy), From Latin fūrtīvus (stolen), from fūrtum (theft), from fūr (thief).

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furtive (comparative more furtive, superlative most furtive)

  1. stealthy
  2. Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p31
      But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control.

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French[edit]

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furtive

  1. feminine form of furtif

Italian[edit]

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furtive

  1. feminine plural of furtivo

Latin[edit]

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furtive

  1. masculine vocative singular of fūrtīvus