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"furtive" in British English

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furtiveadjective

uk   /ˈfɜː.tɪv/  us   /ˈfɝː.t̬ɪv/
(of ​people) ​behavingsecretly and often ​dishonestly, or (of ​actions) done ​secretly and often ​dishonestly: I ​saw him ​cast a furtive glance at the woman at the ​table to his ​right. He made one or two furtive ​phonecalls. There was something furtive about his ​behaviour and I ​immediatelyfeltsuspicious.
furtively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
As she ​turned away I ​saw him ​sniff furtively under his ​arm.
furtiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of furtive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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furtiveadjective

 us   /ˈfɜr·t̬ɪv/
done or ​actingsecretly 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)
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