Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a furtive manner; stealthily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Stealthily by theft.

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  • adverb In a furtive manner.

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  • adverb in a furtive manner

Etymologies

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From furtive +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • A tree-frog squeaks and grunts; some alert insect chirps, loud and clear; another calls furtively, in a dismal tone, half whisper, half whistle; a wallaby thuds ahead; a lizard makes a scatter among the leaves; a bird in fright flutters, blundering, among the leaves high overhead; the flying-foxes squeak and gibber among the fig-trees, as they say the ghosts did in the streets of Rome when great Caesar died.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • Police have reviewed hours of surveillance footage and found a white male in his 40s who looked 'furtively' toward the car with the bombs, Kelly said.

    Donklephant

  • Shortly before being arrested, surveillance teams filmed Asha 'furtively' looking around as he dumped a binliner in a wheelie bin outside PAKS supermarket near his home in Stoke.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Shortly before being arrested, surveillance teams filmed Asha 'furtively' looking around as he dumped a binliner in a wheelie bin outside PAKS supermarket near his home in Stoke.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Shortly before being arrested, surveillance teams filmed Asha 'furtively' looking around as he dumped a binliner in a wheelie bin outside PAKS supermarket near his home in Stoke.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Shortly before being arrested, surveillance teams filmed Asha 'furtively' looking around as he dumped a binliner in a wheelie bin outside PAKS supermarket near his home in Stoke.

    Home | Mail Online

  • He could feel them all over him; glancing furtively at his sturdy shoulders and broad chest, watching the muscles in his stomach expand and contract with every breath.

    The Company Man

  • We have gone from furtively asking just a few decades ago, "Does she or doesn't she?"

    The Changing Face Of Men: The Slippery Slope Of Cosmetic Surgery?

  • In the same clip, he's seen looking back in the direction of the smoking vehicle and furtively putting the first shirt in a bag.

    SUV owner interviewed in Times Square bomb probe

  • Corbis Although the number of publicly dissenting scientists is growing, many young scientists furtively say that while they also have serious doubts about the global-warming message, they are afraid to speak up for fear of not being promoted—or worse.

    No Need to Panic About Global Warming

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  • "In the twilight, he sensed his peril sneaking furtively closer to him, though he did not know what it was."

    Lord Foul's Bane

    July 29, 2012