Borrowed from Latin surrēptīcius (“furtive, clandestine”), from surrēpō (“to creep along”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsʌɹɪpˈtɪʃəs/
- (US) IPA(key): /səˌɹɜpˈtɪʃəs/, /ˌsʌɹəpˈtɪʃəs/, /ˌsɜɹəpˈtɪʃəs/
- Rhymes: -ɪʃəs
surreptitious (comparative more surreptitious, superlative most surreptitious)
- Stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements).
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
He read the letter aloud. Sophia listened with the studied air of one for whom, even in these days, a title possessed some surreptitious allurement.
1998, Lee A. Bygrave, “Data Protection Pursuant to the Right to Privavy in Human Rights Treaties”, in International Journal of Law and Information Technology, volume 6, number 3, pages 260–261: It is also worth noting the case law on prisoners' correspondence which establishes that interception of a person's communications need not be surreptitious in order to amount to an interference with respect to Art 8 (1) [ECHR].