sneaky

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sneaky marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed "a furtive manner","a sneak attack","stealthy footsteps","a surreptitious glance at his watch"
    • adj sneaky marked by deception "achieved success in business only by underhand methods"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sneaky Like a sneak; sneaking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sneaky Somewhat sneaking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sneaky somewhat sneaking
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Quotations

  • Harold Nicolson
    Harold Nicolson
    “To be a good diarist, one must have a snouty, sneaky mind.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. snícan, to creep; Dan. snige. Cf. Snake.

Usage

In literature:

Worse, she had taken sneaky advantage of his absence in order to spring at the eagle.
"Further Adventures of Lad" by Albert Payson Terhune
So we'll feel meaner and more sneaky when we HAVE to say no?
"Mary-'Gusta" by Joseph C. Lincoln
I've said I done it, and took the blame myself, and all the sneakiness of it that folks suspect.
"Stories in Light and Shadow" by Bret Harte
That was a real sneaky trick, just like a cat.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, October 1878, No. 12" by Various
It's dirty and sneaky and it's working hand in hand with the saloon.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
I felt jus' sneaky an' mean.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
I suppose somebody has got to be mean and sneaky and find out.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
But this seemed like sneaky, unfair fighting to him.
"Facing the German Foe" by Colonel James Fiske
I did not know you could be so sneaky.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
Only sneaky children repeat what is said in private.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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In news:

This is a sneaky one.
The Sneaky, Complicated Idea That Could End the Fiscal Cliff Showdown—Explained.
Bey & Jay Catch A Creep Taking A Sneaky Flick.
The Gnathia marleyi are sneaky little critters .
First, two reasons why Mr Balls was being sneaky this morning.
"Sneaky" ways to incorporate fruits & vegetables.
The Sneaky Idea That Could End the Fiscal Cliff Showdown.
The Universal Tea Machine, Sneaky Pugs.
The Sneaky Way to Increase Your Burn By Up to 200 Percent.
10 sneaky ways to cut 100 calories.
Age is becoming sneaky .
This Election Season, Vote ' Sneaky Pie For President'.
All Blogs Talking Politics Galvin Being Sneaky With Papers.
Sneaky Tests Guys Use to Size You Up Video.
' Sneaky ' fee coming for cable susbscribers.
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In science:

It may be perfectly legitimate to assume that the devices have been built in good faith and that they do not contain any sneaky component sending unwanted signals (we must anyway trust the classical computers, devices, etc., used to analyze the data).
Random Numbers Certified by Bell's Theorem
Often, ∗ applied to an element will be effectively a sneaky way to remind us when to interpret the result as being in the dual torsor to the torsor in which lies the element of the unadorned symbol; in particular to remind us which action to use.
A bundle gerbe construction of a spinor bundle from the smooth free loop of a vector bundle
Often, ∗ applied to an element will be effectively a sneaky way to remind us when to interpret the result as being in the dual principal bundle to the principal bundle in which lies the element of the unadorned symbol; in particular to remind us which action to use.
A bundle gerbe construction of a spinor bundle from the smooth free loop of a vector bundle
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