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furtive

adjective uk   /ˈfɜː.tɪv/ us    /ˈfɝː.t̬ɪv/
(of people) behaving secretly 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 phone calls. There was something furtive about his behaviour and I immediately felt suspicious.
furtively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
As she turned away I saw him sniff furtively under his arm.
furtiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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