English

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Etymology

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From sneak +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsniːki/
  • Audio (US):(file)
  • Rhymes: -iːki

Adjective

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sneaky (comparative sneakier, superlative sneakiest)

  1. Elusive; difficult to capture or observe due to constantly outwitting the adversaries.
    Catching those thieves will be hard: they're so sneaky!
    • 1995 April, Jeff Csatari, “Tackle Tips”, in Boys' Life, volume 85, number 4, Irving, Texas: Boy Scouts of America, Inc., →ISSN, page 42:
      Be sneaky. Fish frighten easily.
  2. Dishonest; deceitful.
    They played a sneaky trick on us.

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Noun

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sneaky (plural sneakies)

  1. (espionage, slang) Any device used for covert surveillance.
    • 1974, Miles Copeland, Without cloak or dagger: the truth about the new espionage, page 244:
      [] in cooperation with the National Security Agency, installs and maintains "sneakies" throughout the U.S.S.R. and Communist China — but increasingly, denied areas are surveyed more simply.
    • 1991, Chapman Pincher, The Truth about Dirty Tricks:
      [] has used travellers to plant 'sneakies' - small electronic transmitting devices which form part of a surveillance network.

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Dutch

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English sneaky.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsni.ki/
  • Audio:(file)
  • Hyphenation: snea‧ky

Adjective

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sneaky (not comparable)

  1. (informal) sneaky, in an elusive way.

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Declension of sneaky
uninflected sneaky
inflected sneaky
comparative sneakyer
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial sneaky sneakyer het sneakyst
het sneakyste
indefinite m./f. sing. sneaky sneakyere sneakyste
n. sing. sneaky sneakyer sneakyste
plural sneaky sneakyere sneakyste
definite sneaky sneakyere sneakyste
partitive sneaky's sneakyers