from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
- adj. Acting with or marked by stealth. See Synonyms at secret.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently; clandestine; stealthy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Done by stealth, or without legitimate authority; made or produced fraudulently; characterized by concealment or underhand dealing; clandestine.
- Acting in a crafty or stealthy way; guilty of appropriating secretly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
- adj. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
Middle English, from Latin surreptīcius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere, to take away secretly : sub-, secretly; see sub- + rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin surrepticius ("stolen, furtive, clandestine"), from surreptus, past participle of surripere ("seize secretly, steal, pilfer"), from sub- ("under") + rapere ("to snatch"). (Wiktionary)