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From Middle English stelthe, from Old English stǣlþ, from Proto-Germanic *stēliþō[1], equivalent to steal +‎ -th. Compare Old English stalu (theft, stealth), Old High German stāla (theft), German Diebstahl (theft).


  • enPR: stĕlth, IPA(key): /stɛlθ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛlθ


stealth (countable and uncountable, plural stealths)

  1. (uncountable) The attribute or characteristic of acting in secrecy, or in such a way that the actions are unnoticed or difficult to detect by others.
  2. (archaic, countable) An act of secrecy, especially one involving thievery.
    • 1877, George Hill, An Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster at the Commencement of the Seventeenth Century, M'Caw, Stevenson & Orr, page 352:
      [The King] thinks it fit[...] that restitution according to this order be made to the petitioners for stealths committed upon them last winter (273).

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stealth (third-person singular simple present stealths, present participle stealthing, simple past and past participle stealthed)

  1. (especially military, computing) To conceal or infiltrate through the use of stealth.
  2. (slang, intransitive) To have sexual intercourse without a condom through deception (for example, removing the condom mid-act).


stealth (comparative more stealth, superlative most stealth)

  1. (transgender slang) While hiding one's transgender status from society after transition.
    He has lived stealth for 10 years.



  1. Surreptitious; secret; not openly acknowledged.
  2. (transgender slang) Hiding one's transgender status from society after transition.
    Synonym: closeted
    go stealth; be stealth
  3. (military, aviation, vehicles, technology) Having properties that diminish radar signatures.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “stealth”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, retrieved 31 July 2018.