Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “surreptitious”

See all translations

surreptitious

adjective uk   /ˌsʌr.əpˈtɪʃ.əs/ us    /ˌsɝː-/
done secretly, without anyone seeing or knowing: She seemed to be listening to what I was saying, but I couldn't help noticing her surreptitious glances at the clock.
surreptitiously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Joe surreptitiously had a look in the answer book.
surreptitiousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “surreptitious”
in Chinese (Traditional) 秘密的,偷偷的, 鬼鬼祟祟的…
in Russian сделанный тайком…
in Turkish gizli, el altından, kaçamak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 秘密的,偷偷的, 鬼鬼祟祟的…
in Polish potajemny, ukradkowy…
(Definition of surreptitious from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of surreptitious?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “surreptitious” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More