from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Acting in a stealthy, furtive way.
  • adj. Unavowed; secret.
  • adj. Gradually growing or persistent: a sneaking hunch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of sneak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked by cowardly concealment; deficient in openness and courage; underhand; mean; crouching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or worthy of a sneak: acting like or characteristic of a sneak; mean; servile; crouching.
  • Secret or clandestine, and somewhat discreditable; underhand; hence, in a less reprehensible sense, unavowed; not openly or frankly declared.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not openly expressed


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  • If you don't believe it, explain to me what you call sneaking into a public area of citizens who are completely unguarded, with a bomb strapped to yourself, and detonating that bomb with the intent to kill and impose fear upon those people?

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • And insofar as lawmakers are interested in sneaking some 2011 and 2012 transportation infrastructure spending into this bill they may as well forget about shovel readiness and identify useful transit and intercity rail projects.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Highways We Don’t Need

  • This has a lot to do with the fact that it such a amorphous and incoherent set of vague ideas, but also the fact that IDists seem to be more interested in sneaking their ideas straight into highschool textbooks, while attempting to dodge the peer-review process.

    A Dubious "Opportunity" for IDers

  • I think I may just have to try to get creative in sneaking in some of his forbidden foods.

    Nigel's Green Chicken Curry

  • "What else would you call sneaking her kids into my apartment and dumping her responsibilities on me?"

    Mystery Dad

  • But the individual who surely has the most frustrating and longstanding problem in sneaking up on what he wants and wiggling it away is Newfoundland's Premier who must try to convince the federal government that the cod in his continental waters and the resources below them belong to the people of Newfoundland.

    The Future Prospects of Canada's Newest Province

  • Then meanwhile, she saw the black-gin sneaking in at Mr Maule's back window to steal the key; and would it have been philanthropic, impulsive Biddy, if she hadn't helped in the work of rescue, and sent the two sinners, with a 'Bless you, my children!' off into the scrub?

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • The years that followed are still a blur, but I recall sneaking out of work a lot.

    Parents spending more time with teens, college race blamed

  • Some people are drawn to the notion of sneaking away with their future spouse, maybe a few close friends, and getting married without the grand production.

    Get Married At Wrigley Field, If Your Love Story Wins Contest

  • Scott's blood boiled at the idea of sneaking off in fear of this ignorant bully.

    "Power" by Harl Vincent, part 1


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