Meaning of “furtive” in the English Dictionary

"furtive" in British English

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furtiveadjective

uk /ˈfɜː.tɪv/ us /ˈfɝː.t̬ɪv/
furtively
adverb uk /ˈfɜː.tɪv.li/ us /ˈfɝː.t̬ɪv.li/

As she turned away I saw him sniff furtively under his arm.
furtiveness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈfɜː.tɪv.nəs/ us /ˈfɝː.t̬ɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “furtive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"furtive" in American English

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furtiveadjective

us /ˈfɜr·t̬ɪv/

done or acting secretly and quietly to avoid being noticed:

They exchanged furtive gestures and words of encouragement.
furtively
adverb us /ˈfɜr·t̬ɪv·li/

She glanced furtively at the papers on his desk.

(Definition of “furtive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)