from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Furtive; surreptitious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Somewhat sneaking.

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

  • noun Like a sneak; sneaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Difficult to catch due to constantly outwitting the adversaries
  • adjective dishonest; deceitful

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

  • adjective marked by deception
  • adjective marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed


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  • I call it "sneaky" only because it is a poor substitute for the primary solution: lowering our CO2 emissions.

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  • That being said, though, the "sneaky-sneaky" is a lot more challenging here than in the past.

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  • Stephen Holden again: "A pointed little thriller with metaphysical pretensions, First Snow is shrewd enough to approach basic philosophical questions in sneaky, offhand ways."

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  • If the baddies can fully secure a couple of blocks [eg Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn Queens Expressway & the Brooklyn Bridge] so there is 0.0 [subway/sewer/roadway/disused submarine high voltage transmission conduit or whatever) access _And_ they have sealed the waterfront so she can’t gain sneaky SCUBA Rebreather access.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Gentlemen’s Club.

  • I’ve been using a Mac since the pre-iPod days, when Apple was ignored or scorned by the mainstream media; and it still gets hit in sneaky ways (as with the remark about environmental criticism of Apple, as if most gadget-makers are any better on that score).

    The Passion of Steve Jobs - Bits Blog -

  • Would any of us like to be described as sneaky, etc by our mothers on national television.

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  • Such intentions to mislead came to be called sneaky intentions (Grice 1969), and they constituted a problem for speech act analyses based on communicative intentions.


  • Journalists see the failure to self-identify as sneaky, and it is.

    Jay Rosen: When Bill Clinton Met Mayhill Fowler on the Rope Line

  • Described as a sneaky little son of a bitch by his adversaries, Snyder had scaled the rocky heights of the American political landscape by adhering to a simple mantra: do unto others before they do unto you.

    The Lions of Lucerne

  • I have been trying, without success, to write about the books we read in secret, or what I like to call sneaky reading (and if this makes you think of the social reading I defended a few months ago, it should, antithetically speaking).

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