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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French furtif (stealthy), from Latin fūrtīvus (stolen), from fūrtum (theft), from fūr (thief).

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furtive (comparative more furtive, superlative most furtive)

  1. Stealthy.
  2. Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p31
      But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control.

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FrenchEdit

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furtive

  1. feminine singular of furtif

ItalianEdit

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furtive

  1. Feminine plural of adjective furtivo.

LatinEdit

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fūrtīve

  1. masculine vocative singular of fūrtīvus

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